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    The Spiritual Discipline of Gratitude

    April 16, 2020

    Having celebrated Easter Sunday, we are moving through the church calendar’s marking on the Easter season. Consistent with this season’s celebration of new life and a new way of life together, we continue our consideration of habits, practices or disciplines to incorporate into the upcoming week (based on “Spiritual Disciplines Handbook: Practices That Transform Us” by Adele Ahlberg Calhoun).

    The practice suggested for this second Sunday of Easter is “Gratitude” and comes from the book’s section entitled WORSHIP. Gratitude is a discipline that can be cultivated, even in hard times. It’s interesting that Paul rolls gratitude into advice for times in which we may be tempted to anxiety. “Be joyful always, pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18). Without giving thanks FOR current circumstances, can we find ways to be grateful IN these circumstances. Striving for this habit we are called to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s prompting to live with a grateful heart, cognizant of God’s work in our lives and his abundant resources (Calhoun).

    In this Easter season especially, we recognize that our practice of gratitude is founded on thanksgiving for the gifts of the Risen Christ !

    – EGN

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