gratitude: n. 1. a feeling of thankfulness and appreciation. 2. the humble joy that is the ground of worship.
i thank You God for most this amazing
day:for the leaping greenly spirits of trees
and a blue true dream of sky;and for everything
which is natural which is infinite which is yes
(i who have died am alive again today,
and this is the sun’s birthday;this is the birth
day of life and love and wings:and of the gay
great happening illimitably earth)
how should tasting touching hearing seeing
breathing any–lifted from the no
of all nothing–human merely being
doubt unimaginable You?
(now the ears of my ears awake and
now the eyes of my eyes are opened)
Worship and gratitude are closely linked. Gratitude is the feeling and worship the action.
The difference between happiness and joy is gratitude. Without gratitude there is no true joy. But there can be joy without happiness – as long as gratitude endures.
Gratitude is joyful humility, insight into proper personal limitations and the release from egoistic notions of entitlement.
This is the basis for a holy thirst for justice. Flushed with gratitude, we long for others to experience it as well.
We seek justice so that all will be grateful. In a state of brutal injustice, it is hard to experience thankfulness; God is robbed of worship when creation is oppressed.