Wall of Gratitude

Guests of the Proper Thanksgiving Feast were invited to express their feelings of gratitude on notecards provided at the event. Following are the reflections shared at the 2014 feast.

    • The people who put this feast on.
    • The Portland Black History Project.
    • Being here and seeing new people and that’s what warms up my heart.
    • God
    • Clean water
    • Electricity
    • Food and family
    • God, my family, friends, and I’m most thankful for all the love from people of God. P.S. I’m thankful for the group.
    • Por la comida, por mi salud, oyen por mí, para que me den más trabajo. For the food, for my health, pray for me so that I can get more work.
    • – Continued mobility (feet and truck)
      – Some shelter instead of none
      – Food stamps (saves my health and others’)
      – That some people still interact without a computer, and they still sing, speak, act, and look each other in the eye.
      – Good health
      – Roof over my head
      – Job
      – Good family relationships
      – Having a car
      – Wonderful church family
    • My Celebration family and friends! New home, family
    • Getting to serve many people and seeing all the faces.
    • Food in my pantry and always having the things I need on a day to day basis.
    • Everything
    • 1. My family
      2. Myself being alive
      3. For God
      4. For my dreadlocks
      5. For food
    • Health
    • Family
    • Friends
    • Many interests in my retirement
    • My name is [Name]. I’m homeless. If it wasn’t for you I would not eat. I just want to say God bless you for all you done.
    • Celebration Tabernacle Church and for the food and music! I loved it! Thank you!
    • The life that I have.
    • [First name]
    • Losing my glasses on the light rail
    • The best meal I’ve had in a very long time, and for the good people in this world
    • The community of Kenton, Poshines and the Tabernacle for welcoming me in to eat and share community with you. I’m also grateful that my mother is in excellent health.
    • The volunteers for volunteering. The food! Thanks!
    • For the breath of life, my sound mind, where and how He has placed me in life. Our family, our church, our neighbors, our restaurant, our entrepreneur ministry, our Pastor’s vision, church service 3 times a week, my salvation, our willingness to work hard to be of one accord, farm of 5 acres. God, my life, food, shelter, love, hope, beauty, my children and grandchildren, Momma, Sis, my cat, friends, all people at church
    • Love
      A home
      Sound mind
      Able body
      The Word
    • Such a loving place… I enjoy being in touch
    • Thanks for everythings
    • – Jesus dying so that I can live
      – My wife
      – My daughter (and [Name])
      – My extended family
      – My friends
    • The wonderful family and friends around me. I am thankful for a family that loves and supports me and I’m thankful for a job to provide.
    • Mi familia, por la abundancia que Dios nos ha dado. Por mis amigos, mis estudiantes, por mi amorcito [Nombre], por nuestra salud, la creatividad, el aprendizaje, la musica, el bello mundo, los animales, mi padre que en Paz descance, por esta iglesia. Amen. (My family, for the abundance that God has given. For my friends, my students, my darling [Name], for our health, creativity, learning, music, this beautiful world, the animals, my father who rests in peace, for this church. Amen.)
    • – A job where I can help others
      – A family who loves me
      – My adorable cat
      – Having everything I need and more!
      – My daughter’s books
      – The health of my family
      – Our home
      – Food on our plates each day
      – People who sacrifice for others
      – Beauty around us
    • Life, my parents, my family
    • Proper and Po’Shines for another great meal and fellowship.
    • Family!
    • – That God is merciful
      – That family is together
      – That a place like Celebration Tabernacle exists
    • Love, my good health, clean water, bountiful food, electricity, a safe home to work, live, and play, family, beautiful weather, time, kindness of others.
    • My mom, my dad, my sisters, family, food, my brothers, friends, clothes, house, car, school, church, grandparents, baby sister.
    • Health
      A job
      A family
      A home
      A car
    • Proper and the Kenton community
    • The generosity of all. That communities, organizations, people, committed to helping the community at large.
    • You are appreciated!
    • My life, health, strength, family, a right mind, ability to love and to be loved, shelter, food. I am thankful for God’s love for me.
    • The USA and people.
    • Having a family and having support.
    • Family, friends, life, but most of all, God! Good health, my house, my pets, [Name], [Name], my home, my car, community, curly hair
    • The kindness of strangers. I have no family here, so I really appreciate this feast (and the music).
    • All the things God has done and provided in my life for me. Thank you God.
    • House, friends, family, food, clothes, water, church, plants, hair, shoes, music, paint, pumpkins, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, my birthday, me
    • Having my family and friends who all support me and guide me through life. And to have a roof over my head. Also to have a meal every day. Last but not least I’m glad my aunt got over her cancer and she’s alive and I thank God for that every day and night.
    • Clothes, family, friends, food, a house, car, school.
    • My wonderful family. So sweet.
    • Thankful =)
    • Life itself
    • Rice
    • My baby
    • – God
      – Professional football on Sundays
      – Wet wipes
      – Alternatives to smoking
      – Opposable thumbs
      – Sexual liberation
      – Harbor Freight
    • The opportunity to come here and enjoy a wonderful dinner. I am grateful for my health and the health of my children. God is very great and good. I am grateful that He loves me and my family and all the people that are here today. I am also thankful for my family and friends.
    • “Rice-Christianity.” But when the economy collapses and we don’t have any more “rice,” = food to spare, programs to run, will we have any significant number of “nominal-Christians” to pick up the cross and follow Him?
    • My godmother, my health, being out of prison, my support system
    • So many things, especially for leading me to You. My life is so much better, You set me free.
    • Friendships, Good health, A safe place to sleep every night, A family that supports me, Friends that feel like family, Strangers that feel like friends
    • – Community
      – Friends
      – Love
      – My salvation
      – My relationship with God
      – Family
      – Having a saved husband that is the head of our household
    • Having food to eat, Being alive, Being with my mother and sister (my family), Seeing my uncle and cousin yesterday
    • Being in the world
    • Life itself and particularly today – this wonderful bounty served to all with love –There’s certainly a place in Heaven for you.
    • PROPER – first and foremost

[Name] and [Name]
My health
My divine purpose

  • My name is [Name]. I am thankful for St. Johns because I’m homeless and don’t know where I’d be without all of its amazing streets and rooftops. But most of all: I’m so thankful for having the best man in the world. His name is [Name] and he spoils me rotten with love and gifts. He protects me, believes in me, and I just can’t ask for more. Thank you Po’Shines!
  • Being alive, For my church family both here and back home. I am thankful for life itself. I’m thankful for my biological and extended family. Thankful for health, strength, having a right mind, to have a job. I’m thankful for Pastor, the children, my fellow MIT teammates. This page could fill on everything I’m thankful for on this day alone.
  • I am thankful for my family
  • –My parents
    My wonderful wife – viva la Panamá
    Thanks for making my Thanksgiving great
  • Having a nice warm home to go to, and a comfy bed to sleep in. Having a family to love and a family who
    loves me. I’m thankful to know Jesus!
  • The great food and atmosphere you’ve provided. Thanks and God bless all of you!
  • Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior, and my children… and grandchildren and one great grandchild.
  • Legs to walk with my family
    Thanksgiving to be with my family
    Community to share with my family
  • What God is going to do with everything I put into His hands.
  • My heavenly Father and how He never fails me. I am thankful He has loved me before I loved myself also that
  • He died on that cross.
  • Being a part of this family at Celebration. I’ve had a chance to grow up here and become a man here and for that I’m truly thankful.
  • Our food, our friends, and my family
  • This Church, sanctified by God and made into action by the work of believers in Christian fellowship.
  • The church and my friends here
  • Food
    My family
    A house


10 thoughts on “Wall of Gratitude

  1. I am just so thrilled about your organization and what you do for the community. I’m really looking forward to Thanksgiving. Your food is the best in town. Thanks and God Bless.


  2. I am thankful for our natural families. And, I am thankful for our spiritual families.
    I am SO thankful to see ‘People Reaching Out to Help Other People’ with the unselfish, undying, and awesome love of God; doing as God commands us to do in His Word… in short, if there is a need to fill, I am thankful that CT is there in the strength of God, to FILL IT!!

  3. I’m so thankful for the impact of God in the Portland community through the unity that comes from Christians working together in His love and strength. I’m so thankful for the gift of prayer – for the gift of service – for the gift of music. Thankful for everyone at CT and PoShines. Happy Thanksgiving!

  4. i am thankful for being rendered in the image of the supreme. all praise is due to the most high creator of all life. otherwise i thank myself for staying positive even when surrounded by negative issues. im thankful for a beautiful family, god bless.

  5. I am Thankful 4 ME! Yep!! 4 the first time every I am Thanking God 4 Me! After all He did die 4 Me!…Thanking Him for my pass up till now! without the pass there would be no present…The person that I have become has learned without the wrong I would know no right… well just think about it…If there were no me or you! 4 that matter…my/our children wouldn’t be here nor my/ our grandchildren or what about the lives that we have touched, the people that needed our help..may not have ever gotten any…the many people we feed, clothed, loved, The Bible says we are the salt of the earth with Me or you the world would be short some Flavor…<3<3

  6. I am thankful for my God giving me all his love and grace.
    I am thankful for my parents and grandma because of who they are and what they do for me.
    I am thankful for my LA family,Uncle Samuel, Auntie Wenying, Brother Raymond, Leo and Enoch, Sister Alicia, Pastor Gao, Doctor Huang, etc.. Thanks for all their tender loving care.
    I am thankful my trustful friends who are in China, Roger Xin, Leo Zhao, Kiki Ji, I know that I’m safe with them, whatever happens and I feel privileged for calling them my friends.
    I am thankful for my US buddies, Alina, LT, Jerry, Ares, Gail, Issi, Neal, Leilei, Irene, Robert, Isaac, Benjo, thanks for everything!

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