Gratitude

gratitude – the state of being grateful; thankfulness

Author John Kralick wrote a book, 365 Thank Yous.  He tells of having a miserable life – broken home, lost job, failed marriage, etc.  One day he had an epiphany in which he decided to write a letter each day to someone who had shown him kindness, given him a gift, or helped him in some way.  Every day for a year he wrote to a family member, client, fellow worker, teacher, someone who had influenced his life.  He was able to focus on the blessings in his life and the things that people had done for him.   AND HIS LIFE TURNED AROUND.  He reconnected with those with whom he was estranged and he found peace and a good life.

My friend Mona kept a gratitude journal.  Each day she listed things, big and small for which she was grateful.  It gave her great joy to remember so many good things to be thankful for.

At this busy time of the year, many people are under a great deal of stress.  Before you make yourself sick, there are three things (which I read in a recent article) that might be helpful:

            Slow Down         Breathe deeply          Practice GRATITUDE.

It will improve your mood and give you better physical health.

We are the fortunate people in our church and community, in our country and in our world.  We have a wonderful opportunity to express gratitude, show gratitude, to live a life of service and gratitude.  It can make a difference in our lives, especially during this holy season, to express gratitude for our many blessings.

Barbara Hugghins

Be thankful in all circumstances,
for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 NLT

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