Posted by: 2in10 | 11/29/2011

gratitude

An excerpt from a Thanksgiving message from Tom Shaw:
 
“Gratitude, it seems to me, is like grace.  Gratitude usually finds me.  I cannot, most of the time, will gratitude.  All of a sudden it just washes over me.  I’ll turn a corner, or look up at the sky, or put down the phone or push away from the table – ordinary actions of any day, and then unexpectedly I am overcome by this unfathomable sense of God’s blessing everywhere.
 
“I expect, again, like grace, that gratitude is finding us, washing over us, every minute of every day.  We just miss it, let it pass over us, because we are so concerned with what we think we need.
 
“All, it seems we can do, as with grace, is put our hearts in the way of gratitude, surrender to the possibility that gratitude is everywhere.”
 
Tom Shaw, SSJE is bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts. 
 
Carolyn 
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