Friday, October 11, 2013
Friday of the Twenty-Seventh Week in Ordinary Time
“I will give thanks to you, O LORD, with all my heart; I will declare all your wondrous deeds. I will be glad and exult in you; I will sing praise to your name, Most High.” (Psalm 9:2-3)
Gratitude is a fantastic practice that multiplies its gifts just through our simple intention to notice the good and grace that surrounds and upholds us always. Interestingly, the practice of gratefulness is being studied and encouraged within the fields of modern science and technology. These fields are able to observe the positive changes that happen within brain structures and correlating decreased stress responses when gratitude is present.
Spiritual teachers of all faith walks recognize gratitude as a central practice that shifts our perception, awakens our spirit and helps spread contagious inner joy and peace. Many have challenged that simply keeping a daily gratitude journal, where one records something new to be thankful for each day, can shift moods, energy and perception. The more one offers thanks, the more grace-filled moments seem to manifest themselves. Let’s take the challenge and tune our hearts and minds to perceive and give thanks for our many blessings.
Abundant and gracious God,
thank You for Your grace, beauty and love
that are infused in everyone and everything.
Give us eyes that see, ears that hear
and hearts that receive Your unending flow of blessings.
And out of Your outpouring,
may we share Your abundance with all.
Connie Sweatman, PsyD
Avera Medical Group Midwest Psychiatric Medicine, Sioux Falls
JOEL 1:13-15; 2:1-2 ● PSALM 9:2-3, 6 AND 16, 8-9 ● LUKE 11:15-26