Gratitude is much more than a verbal expression of thanks. Action expresses more gratitude than speech. from "Science and Health" by Mary Baker Eddy.
These pink beauties are from my mother's garden. She left them behind, and they celebrate her love of color, beauty, solitude, and cheerful, wide-open flower faces. One of Mom's sayings was, "Actions speak louder than words." Which annoyed me over and over again, and which has proven its truth over and over again.
On these longest nights, with a toasty fire, ginger cookies, and the bedroom rug balled up in the dining room by rambunctious dogs, I feel gratitude well up within. Not just for the comforts, the humor, the season, but I am deeply grateful for this Life: for insight, for finding the writings of Mary Baker Eddy, for this urge to know Spirit within my own self.
...and I just read this from MBE: "Prayer cannot change the unalterable Truth, nor can prayer alone give us an understanding of Truth; but prayer, coupled with a fervent habitual desire to know and do the will of God, will bring us into all Truth. Such a desire has little need of audible expression. It is best expressed in thought and in life."
So. For tonight, with Mom's flowers blooming in late autumn light, I allow gratitude to sweep into and over and through all that is known to me.
And I love you.