An excerpt from

Gratefulness

a poem by George Herbert (1593-1633)

Thou that hast given so much to me,
Give one thing more—a grateful heart…


Not thankful when it pleaseth me,
As if thy blessings had spare days,
But such a heart whose Pulse may be
Thy Praise.

If we were to spend a day simply listing things we are grateful for, how long do you think that list might be? Would a day be too long or too short for such a task?

 

If we cultivate a grateful heart, as Herbert prays, would setting aside a day for gratitude be necessary? His aspiration is higher. He exposes our own deepest desire: in our quieter moments we yearn to become people whose hearts beat time with God’s heart, whose spirits throb with the divine Pulse and praise of our holy, loving Creator.

 

This week, we celebrate a holiday called Thanksgiving. May it remind us of our true desire—God—and compel us to cultivate ever more grateful hearts that beat with the Pulse of honest praise.