Quote from the Book: Carl Jung popularized this statement among the Latin writings of Erasmus: “Gratitude is rooted in this reality that “bidden or unbidden, God is present.” Thanksgiving is possible not because everything goes perfectly but because God is present. The Spirit of God is within us – nearer to us than our own breath. It is a discipline to choose to stitch our days together with the thread of gratitude.
How does your disposition influence your attitude toward gratitude?
Is there any place where you have gotten stuck in criticism, analysis and negativity?
What if the practice of gratitude is threaded throughout this day – through all the different parts? How would it change the picture of today?
My Experience from the practice:
It was a beautiful day. I started out with a coffee on the porch, wrapped in a warm blanket. I thanked God for everything from the luxury of a hot coffee to the beauty all around me. I had my little granddaughter with me in the morning and we went walking in the forest – oohing and awing over the “flowers” (which were actually weeds!). We played on the teeter totter and had a little picnic on a blanket with blueberries, bananas, carrots, bran muffins and tiny cups to drink pretend tea. I think child-like experiences help me to be grateful. Later in the day, I started to struggle with what isn’t but I noticed the struggle. I could feel the pull of it. I knew it was the Spirit who helped me to return to the present and thank God for what is. A simple prayer I prayed, “Oh, Holy Spirit, help me to stay “here” with You.”
1. End every day by saying thank you to God for one thing.
2. When you wake up, before you get out of bed, thank God for three things (someone shared this idea with me!)
3. Address a current hardship. Talk to God about how you really feel about it. Ask for an awareness of God’s presence in the midst of this hardship. If you can’t sense God’s presence in it, spend some time with Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane. What does Jesus want to tell you?
4. Practice abstaining from comparative statements and give thanks for what YOU have.
5. Have a thread on a needle and a small piece of cloth handy. Throughout the day, put another stitch in when you give thanks to God for something.
O Lord, if you will give me the grace of being aware of Your presence with me, I will give you thanks. For where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom (2 Corinthians 3:17). Even in our suffering, even in the unknown, I will give thanks for Your presence with me. Help me to thread gratitude through every day you give me. I worship You.
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