Gratitude is a powerful catalyst for happiness. It’s the spark that lights a fire of joy in your soul. – Amy Collette
The discipline of gratitude is the explicit effort to acknowledge that all I am and have is given to me as a gift of love, a gift to be celebrated with joy. – Henri Nouwen
Silent gratitude isn’t much use to anyone. – Gertrude Stein
We learned about gratitude and humility – that so many people had a hand in our success, from the teachers who inspired us to the janitors who kept our school clean… and we were taught to value everyone’s contribution and treat everyone with respect. – Michelle Obama
A Thanksgiving for the Elements by Eric Williams
Blessed Curses, Cursed Blessings by Becky Brooks
During this time of social distancing and quarantine we have all been forced to wrestle with more than just a global pandemic. We have been told to look for silver linings. One of those silver linings is in spending more time with ourselves we are faced with our challenges and struggles.
Alanis Morissette’s song, “Thank U”, functions like a gratitude prayer to the many unexpected sources of liberation in her life.
Perhaps we can use this time to examine our challenges and be thankful for them. In our gratitude, maybe we can set ourselves free.
The dictionary defines gratitude as the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.
Here are 14 Creative Ways to Practice Gratitude By Shannon Kaiser
What are you grateful for?
What book are you most grateful for?
I Opened a Book
By Julia Donaldson
I opened a book and in I strode.
Now nobody can find me.
I’ve left my chair, my house, my road,
My town and my world behind me.
I’m wearing the cloak, I’ve slipped on the ring,
I’ve swallowed the magic potion.
I’ve fought with a dragon, dined with a king
And dived in a bottomless ocean.
I opened a book and made some friends.
I shared their tears and laughter
And followed their road with its bumps and bends
To the happily ever after.
I finished my book and out I came.
The cloak can no longer hide me.
My chair and my house are just the same,
But I have a book inside me.
What memory are you grateful for?
This Responsive Reading from Heather K Janules asks us to focus on the past and specifically remember those who have gone before. Hopefully as you read “This Sacred Thread” you will remenber things to be grateful for .
What in Nature are you grateful for?
Here is a meditation by Stephen M Shick.
What sound are you grateful for today?
Sometimes the world is too noisy. Sometimes it is too quiet. Sometimes we need to listen. “Let us Listen” by Laura Evonne Steinman is a meditation to help us do just that.
What food are you thankful for?
Food can be a huge part of church life as Mary Wellemeyer states in her meditation, “Food for the Spirit.”
May your bellies and your spirits remain full.
What color are you grateful for today?
We don’t always think about the colors that surround us on a daily basis. Andrew M Hill’s “The Rainbow Prayer” asks us to do just that.
Day 2: What Technology are you grateful for?
Sometimes we can feel weird about technology and wonder if it is good or bad. Anne Welsbacher does just that in her sermon The Tao of Ipod, perhaps it can help us all come to a better relationship with our technology.