“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

By Laila Barr

“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of
God in Christ Jesus for you.”

1 Thessalonians 5:18

One of the most incredibly powerful spiritual practices available to us is a gratitude practice. Practicing gratitude allows us to recognize God’s goodness in our lives and in the life of the world. Gratitude gives us a firm foundation and the energy to respond to life with grace, dignity, and love. In the sermon on Sunday, November 26th, we were invited to try a gratitude practice for 21 days. Write down 3 new things you’re grateful for every day for 21 days. If you forget, just pick it back up when you remember. It’s that easy.

In the sermon, I referenced the work of a couple of researchers – Dr. Shawn Achor and Dr. Robert Emmons. Dr. Emmons’ article Why Gratitude is Good and Shawn Achor’s TED talk on The happy secret to better work are particularly engaging and inspiring. I encourage you to check them out for yourselves.

Happy gratitude practicing! I’d love to hear how it goes for you. 

In God’s Love, 
Pastor Laila Barr