November is considered the month of gratitude. Many are sharing daily gratitude posts. I have done that in the past and I believe it is a good practice. In December of 2018 I challenged my congregation to a “year of gratitude.” At the end of November the year will be technically over.
Gratitude is never out of season, or over. The challenge, to write thank you notes and to find ways to give thanks is one way to live life fully. Paul in his letter to the Philippians writes:
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
And in 2 Corinthians 9:
You will be enriched in every way for your great generosity, which will produce thanksgiving to God through us; for the rendering of this ministry not only supplies the needs of the saints but also overflows with many thanksgivings to God.
Gratitude flows from generosity, from faith, from love and from an understanding that our thankfulness allows us to see the world with different eyes. Thankfulness opens our hearts and spirits to more than the pain, grief and anger in the world. Gratitude opens us to the all the goodness in the world which I believe is much greater than the evil and hate in the world.
So today, I am grateful for many things: an unusually beautiful day, lunch with a good friend, a walk in the afternoon, a stunning sunset and a sense that God is at work in the world in ways I do not yet understand.
I pray I may continue to see the world and my life with a grateful heart.