Tuesday, 10 October 2017
Good morning. I hope that Thanksgiving Weekend was a blessing to everyone with sufficient food and bountiful friendships. Three important insights came to me as I was preparing the sermon for Thanksgiving Sunday. They are included in the sermon itself which can be found on the website. I wasn't pleased with the structure of my sermon this week but believe that the highlights bear repeating. First is the amazing story of Jody Mitic, a former soldier who lost his legs in combat. His drive to recover and thrive is most inspiring and can be found on the web in the W5 program on the Invictus games. His closing comment that he "wouldn't trade the events of his life" caused me to ponder on the idea of living gratefully. Did he really mean that he wouldn't trade the pain and hardship? A Benedictine monk, David Steindl-Rast helped me understand Jody's view a little better. His quote "You cannot be thankful for every moment, but you can be thankful in every moment" was inspiring and challenging. He went on to say that in order to be thankful "in" each moment you have to be willing to stop in each moment of your life and truly experience it. You can find this inspiring monk on You Tube. It left me with the conclusion that in order to be grateful "in" each moment we really do need to live an awakened life, being attentive to the opportunities and insights of each moment, even the difficult ones. What is your experience with living a life of gratefulness? I'd like to hear your thoughts!