Wednesday’s Word-Edition 74

November 23, 2011 | My Jottings

“There are three requisites to the proper enjoyment of earthly blessings: a thankful reflection on the goodness of the giver; a deep sense of our own unworthiness; and a recollection of the uncertainty of our long possessing them.

“The first will make us grateful; the second, humble; and the third, moderate.”

~Hannah More

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  1. Shari says:

    Good thoughts… 🙂
    I’m thankful for you, Julie!
    I’m thankful for your friendship, your beautiful faith and your blog 🙂
    I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving time!

  2. Just Julie says:

    And I could say the same thing, verbatim for you, Shari! I am so grateful for you and your friendship, your example, your beautiful art and photography blogs, and for your love. I wish you and your family a beautiful Thanksgiving too! 🙂 Much love…..

  3. Shari says:

    Thanks, Julie…hope you had a good day!

  4. Ember says:

    Grateful, yes. Humble – I hope so. Moderate: oh no. The remembrance that life is short and uncertain, and we never know what tomorrow brings, does not inspire moderation but such a hungry savouring of life’s beauty and richness and wonder and tenderness and glory, such a yearning over it all and relishing of every living moment. This life we have been given deserves ecstasy and abandonment – as William Purkey said: “You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching,love like you’ll never be hurt,sing like there’s nobody listening,and live like it’s heaven on earth.” Sounds about right. Moderation? Nah.

  5. Just Julie says:

    Okay, I stand corrected Ember! There are a couple of things in my life that could benefit from some moderation, but I embrace what you say here! Thank you…

  6. Ginny says:

    Jewel, thanks for blessing us with the note on Thanksgiving! Peter was especially touched!
    I wanted to share with you the miracle that took place this Thanksgiving when I went to my parents’ for Thanksgiving. For many years I have asked, but in my heart begged, my father to pray before we ate. He has always flat refused and I just kept hoping someday… Well, this year he asked who was going to pray over the meal and again I asked him to please do it. He said “no”, but I felt led to ask him why not. He said he had never in his 92 years prayed out loud in front of people. Then he asked how to do it! I was so humbled that he asked me because I know what it took for him to that. I told him to thank the Lord for whatever came to his mind and it would be perfect. Later we gathered around the table and my dad asked us all to stand and hold hands. Then he stood up, unaided by his walker, and prayed. He asked us to take a minute and remember those not with us and then he thanked the Lord for all of us, the food and then I was crying so hard I don’t remember what else.
    Two things to conclude…
    To any guys reading this…if you have never before prayed out loud over your family, please consider starting. To hear my father pray was so awesome!
    For those of you still waiting to hear it, be bold and ASK them to pray and don’t be discouraged as you wait… It took 59 years before I heard it…well worth the wait!!!

  7. Just Julie says:

    Ginny, I am in tears as I read what you wrote. I hope everyone reads this comment and takes heart! Thank you for letting us all have a glimpse into such beauty. LY.

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