My roommate Donna checked out a bunch of children's picture books from the library. All but one are by Douglas Wood, so I had to read them — because Douglas Wood's Old Turtle and the Broken Truth (2003) is one of my favorites. Here's what she brought home:
"Are our prayers answered, Grandad?" I asked.
"Grandad smiled. "Most prayers are not really questions," he said. "And if we listen very closely, a prayer is often its own answer. Like the trees and Winds and waters, we pray because we are here — not to change the world, but to change ourselves. Because it is when we change ourselves . . . that the world is changed."
"We don't give thanks because we're happy.
We are happy because we give thanks."
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