Gratitude – Lent 2015

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Gratitude – Lent 2015

Lent 2015


Dear Sisters,


“If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.”          Meister Eckhart


February 18, 2015 will be Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, forty-six days before Easter (forty week days plus six Sundays). Lent originated as a mirroring of the forty days Jesus spent fasting in the wilderness facing temptation by Satan at the start of his public ministry. These days are a time of spiritual reflection and preparation for the celebration of Christ’s resurrection. Sundays are not part of the fast. They are always observed as feast days in commemoration of Christ’s resurrection on a Sunday.


“By Him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to His name.”  Hebrews 13:15   KJV


As we spend more time communicating with God and spend more time in His presence, we become more aware of His attributes and are more open to being transformed by Him. Let this Lent become a time to recognize God’s grace in the midst of our sometimes difficult and busy lives, a time to experience God’s lavish love. . .a journey of joy.


Beginning with February 18, keep a gratitude journal for each day of Lent. Find a moment of quiet at the end of each day when you can “Listen and attend with the ear of your heart.” (Saint Benedict). Write down five things that made you happy that day, or were moments of grace, or that you are grateful happened. Don’t hurry through the list. Reflect on each event.  Look for the positive within what you at first thought was a negative. As you make your list, add a sentence or two of explanation. Be specific. For example, rather than  “my grandchildren,” write “the way my granddaughter Isabella’s face lit up when I came to visit today,” or “the fun of teaching Jeffery how to fry Southern cornbread.” It doesn’t matter if some days you only write three things and others you write eight. Some days it may seem a sacrifice to find the positive. It takes a while to establish a new habit, a new attitude toward life. A good way to “prime the pump” is to commit a “random act of kindness” that gives someone else a moment to be grateful for.


And then….just for fun, watch the gratitude dance on!


In Christ’s Love and Marked As Christ’s Own For Ever,

Nancy Young

Chair Spiritual Formation Committee

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