An Attitude of Gratitude – Helen Paris
We say this every year that “spring is a beautiful season” – re-birthing in all aspects of nature and I believe it for ourselves too.
The Holy Spirit is reinforcing the word “Awareness”. Awareness, Awareness, Awareness. To be aware and alert to the presence of God’s manifestation in nature, music, relationships, sunrises and sunsets and so the list could go on.
I desire with His help to be intuitive to the little, nearly unseen beautiful aspects all around us.
The importance of course of this developed sensitivity is to see the Glory of God in absolutely everything, to turn our grumbling into gratitude. Although I don’t grumble a lot – my truly heartfelt gratitude to the Lord is equally not a lot also.
Henri Nouwen wrote of the spiritual work of gratitude this way:-
“To be grateful for the good things that happen in our lives is easy, but to be grateful for all of our lives – the good as well as the bad, the moments of joy as well as the moments of sorrow, the successes as well as the rejections – that requires hard spiritual work. Still, we are only grateful people when we can say thank you to all that has brought us to the present moment. As long as we keep dividing our lives between events and people we like to remember and those we would rather forget, we cannot claim the fullness of beings as a gift of God to be grateful for. Let’s be not afraid to look at everything that has brought us to where we are now and trust that we will soon see in it the guiding hand of a loving God.”
Paul writes, “For in all things, give thanks to God because this is what God expects you to do in Christ Jesus” – I Thess 5:18.
If you share a similar place to myself, my prayer for us both is that our gracious God will have mercy on us and help bring us to a place of true gratitude and joy.
Women in Willow