Radical Gratitude

imageThe theme this evening seems to be gratitude.  I gave a talk this evening on prayer to a group of folks becoming Catholic at Easter in my church. At the end of the talk, someone I had talked to once but that I had never met in person came up to me to introduce herself.  It was a real blessing to meet her and to give her a hug. God has been gracious to this person. I am humbled to have played even the smallest of parts on her  exciting  journey

When I came home, I listened to an amazing talk given by Ann Voskamp  on gratitude. She mentioned that on  the night before Jesus died, he took bread, broke it, and gave thanks. If Jesus can do this, knowing full well what was to come, then how can we not to be grateful  when we to go through struggles?  This, of course, made me think of my own experience and how many times I have expressed thanks for a multitude of miracles during these past 11 months.  If Jesus, knowing full well that his body was to be broken, could give thanks, then how can I complain about such trivial things that I must endure?

This idea of radical gratitude is not new to me. I embrace it.  The concept is not an easy one but I don’t feel like I have any other choice. When the going gets tough, the vulnerable must lean into Jesus for our strength. In giving my talk tonight I was reminded that I try to look for miracles each day. I’ve been so focused on getting through each day that I think I’ve lost that ideal.   I think it’s time to pick up that thread again and to search each day for the blessings that come my way.

I recently restarted the meal train. Since doing so, even though on the page it looks like I’m not being taken care of, my freezer is full of soup and my fridge has plenty of food.  I only had to ask to receive an abundance. I am remarkably blessed by people who are only too happy to be of service to me.  I currently have enough food and snacks to last for quite some time.

Saying that my heart is grateful is an understatement. I return to the concept that I have everything I need for this experience. I even have surprises that make me smile and get me through the challenges that sometimes arise. God has been very good to me and surrounded me with earthly angels. May I always see them and the work that they do to make this experience tolerable.



Reflection Questions

What radical act of gratitude can you do today?

For what are you radically  grateful?


Jesus, you gave thanks

At one of the most challenging moments of your earthly life

Teach me, dear brother, to do the same.



About sstyves

A Canadian prairie girl rooted in Ignatian spirituality, I seek God in all things. Whether I catch a glimpse of the Divine and delight in its presence in nature or in the beauty of an encounter with someone, I am ever so grateful that I can recognize the Creator. I greet each new day with hope and happiness, expecting blessings and miracles because I am created to praise, love and serve God. This blog is one way of realizing that through my writings, prayers, and photography. To God be the Glory!
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