Attitude of Gratitude

As we turn the calendar to November, I think it is time to start a new trend. Let’s celebrate a whole month of giving thanks instead of just waiting until Thanksgiving Day. I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth. Psalm 34:1.

In our hearts we may know that everything we have is a gift from God. But as we work hard at school or jobs, we tend to think that we are able to earn everything all by ourselves. As we tackle our daily “to do” lists it is easy to forget. As we hear the latest news of the day, we can become overwhelmed by brokenness in the world. As we face our personal struggles, it may be hard to give thanks.

I wonder what would happen if we started each day with an attitude of gratitude. I wonder who or what we would notice. I wonder how it would change way we feel and act.

A good place to start our thanksgiving is with people. The first Sunday in November is All Saints Sunday. Congregations light candles to remember those who have died in the past year. At Good Shepherd everyone will have the opportunity to light candles in remembrance of loved ones. We treasure the holy time of reflection to remember and give thanks for the myriad of people who are Christ’s light in our life. Remember a saint is any child of God—living or dead.

Take a few minutes to reflect on these saints in your life.
* Who taught/teaches you to love?
* Who loved/loves you when you cannot love yourself?
* Who taught/teaches you compassion and caring?
* Who helped/helps you discover your gifts in life and develop them?
* Who taught/teaches you to find hope beyond this life?
* Who taught/teachers you to pray?

Try this:
Commit to an attitude of gratitude this month. Decide how you will share 3 things you are thankful for each day.
• Make a list in a journal or on some artwork.
• Name them at the dinner table.
• Take photos with your phone.
• Read these Bible verses put together by Shannon Long of swtblessings.com
Click on Nov reading plan to find it
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B_FwK3u-_PH1eGRHMmRaWXZrdlE

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