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be thankful for small mercies

To appreciate small or minor benefits, advantages, or opportunities one is afforded, particularly in the midst of an otherwise difficult, frustrating, or unfortunate situation or circumstance. My car's air conditioning stopped working two hours into my cross-country road trip across America. The radio still works, though, so I guess I should be thankful for small mercies. Our son's accident left him without the use of his right eye; we're just thankful for small mercies that he still has the use of his left one.
See also: mercy, small, thankful

*thankful for small blessings

grateful for any small benefits or advantages one has, especially in a generally difficult situation. (Typically: be ~; become ~.) We have very little money, but we must be thankful for small blessings. At least we have enough food. Bob was badly injured in the accident, but at least he's still alive. Let's be thankful for small blessings.
See also: blessing, small, thankful

be grateful/thankful for small mercies

if someone should be grateful for small mercies, they should feel grateful that something good has happened, although it is not everything that they wanted They've agreed to end the meeting half an hour early. I suppose we should be thankful for small mercies.
See also: grateful, mercy, small
References in classic literature ?
I feel thankful that I have been ill, Joe," I said.
I'd be more thankful than I am aready if it wos any ways possible for an unfortnet to be it.
He was thankful to have someone to talk to who would interest himself in the things that interested him.
There is people who take money for their hospitality, I've heerd, but I'm thankful to say I don't associate with that class.
Well, I'm thankful we're out of THAT," said Felicity, drawing a long breath.
I was real thankful to see you and the young Doctor in the Presbyterian church your first Sunday.
I was so thankful there were no Methodists there that day--they'd never have been done hooting over it.
Both to Captain Fitz Roy and to all the Officers of the Beagle [1] I shall ever feel most thankful for the undeviating kindness with which I was treated during our long voyage.
Indeed, I cannot be too thankful for such an asylum, while it is left me.
They empty their hearts, good times return unto them, they keep holiday and ruminate,--they become THANKFUL.
And, as a matter of fact, you ought to be very thankful that you have got--'
I am sincerely thankful to say that was the last I saw of Mrs.
Thankful, thankful," muttered the humbled woman; "ye mean thankful, Ishmael
Bumble has been heard to say, that in this reverse and degradation, he has not even spirits to be thankful for being separated from his wife.
Old Betty laughed, and said that she would take the letter and be thankful.