Thou shalt rejoice before the Lord thy God in all that thou puttest thine hands unto.—DEUT. xii. 18.

Be ye thankful.—COL. iii. 15.

  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 any one would tell you the shortest, surest way to all happiness and all perfection, he must tell you to make it a rule to yourself to thank and praise God for everything that happens to you. For it is certain that whatever seeming calamity happens to you, if you thank and praise God for it, you turn it into a blessing. Could you, therefore, work miracles, you could not do more for yourself than by this thankful spirit; for it heals with a word speaking, and turns all that it touches into happiness.