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Bonhoeffer on Gratitude

“Only those who are thankful for small things also receive great things. We keep God from giving us the great spiritual gifts that he has for us because we do not give thanks for daily gifts. We think we cannot be satisfied with the small amount of spiritual knowledge, experience, and love given to us and always look greedily for greater gifts (Jeremiah 45:5). We then complain that we lack the great certainty, the strong faith, and rich experience that God has given to other Christians, and we believe that our grievances are righteous. We pray for the great things and forget to give thanks for the daily small (yet in truth not small!) gifts. But how can God entrust great things to one who will not thankfully receive small things from his hand?”

                                                                  — Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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