“The best way to show my gratitude to God is to accept everything, even my problems, with joy.” – St. Teresa of Calcutta

I have a great fondness for this new saint and her advice about “accept(ing) everything” gives me pause for thought, since who is ever happy about having problems? Then I realized that without those stumbling blocks in our lives, we wouldn’t be able to appreciate the solutions as much. If your life is always smooth sailing, it is easy to pay less attention to God, who is the reason that things are going well. Without those glitches in life, how would we know to be grateful for the many times there aren’t any? One thing that I am most grateful for is that when things go awry, it makes me appreciate the times they didn’t even more. Thank you, Lord, for showing me that your love is with me always, in good times and bad.

by JAM