grateful

(redirected from gratefully)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus.

be grateful for small blessings

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 grateful for small blessings. Our son's accident left him without the use of his right eye; we're just grateful for small blessings that he still has the use of his left one.
See also: blessing, grateful, small

be grateful 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 grateful for small mercies. Our son's accident left him without the use of his right eye; we're just grateful for small mercies that he still has the use of his left one.
See also: grateful, mercy, small

be grateful for small mercies

or

be thankful for small mercies

COMMON If you are grateful for small mercies or are thankful for small mercies in a generally bad situation, you are glad about any aspects of it that are good. He is still receiving some money — the modest sum earmarked for young athletes — and is grateful for small mercies. In these difficult times, one can only be thankful for small mercies — that borrowing costs are relatively low. Note: People sometimes say thank heavens for small mercies or thank God for small mercies to show that they are glad about any good aspects of a generally bad situation. She is now serving a 12-month prison sentence and the baby is with her parents. Thank heavens for small mercies.
See also: grateful, mercy, small

be grateful/thankful for small ˈmercies

be happy that a bad situation is not even worse: The thieves took the TV and stereo but didn’t take any jewellery, so let’s be thankful for small mercies.
References in periodicals archive ?
Donations in lieu of flowers will be gratefully received towards the British Heart Foundation c/o R.
No flowers, but donations in memory would be very gratefully received towards Kidney Research U.
If any architects or firms have redundant T squares and set squares, and books and journals they can spare, these would be gratefully received.
AMERICAN FORESTS gratefully acknowledges a generous bequest from the estate of Virginia Land of California.
Prescription, reading and sunglasses are all gratefully accepted.
His support of the Israel Cancer Research Fund's important work is gratefully appreciated.
Donations to help this work would be gratefully accepted at this address.
She will be gratefully remembered by the numerous persons who had the privilege of knowing her, and by all the members of the societies and institutions who benefited from her generosity.
The authors gratefully acknowledge research support from the American College of Physician Executives and the Medical Group Management Association.
Upon award notification, Aplicor CEO Chuck Schaeffer gratefully responded by stating: "There is no greater honor than to be recognized as a leader based on the success of our customers and by one of the most respected analyst organizations in the CRM industry.
No flowers by request but donations if desired will be gratefully accepted towards St Kentigern's Hospice c/o R.
Family flowers only please, but if desired donations in his memory will be gratefully accepted towards The St David's Hospice and St Grwst Parish Church Llanrwst Per G Lloyd Jones Funeral Director, The Star, Ancaster Square, Llanrwst.
Net proceeds from the event will gratefully be donated to charities benefiting victims' families and affected businesses.
Americans can honor them by flying the flag today, by gratefully remembering their courage and unselfishness, and by rededicating the nation to upholding the principles for which they died.
We are gratefully acknowledge his dedication, business acumen, and leadership.