In the intervening years I have often forgotten the grace of gratitude, but on occasion I remember, and when I do I learn anew the mysterious power of giving thanks and how it changes me and how it opens in me humor and playfulness and acceptance of what is. For, in fact, all that we have is given. Life itself is a gift. We are the recipients of time, of the gracious earth, of each other's lives. These are given to us. Acquiring the spirit of gratitude serves to heighten our awareness of God's gift, of the is-ness of things.

Wendy M. Wright, Sacred Dwelling