Gratitude - December 2015

posted Dec 14, 2015, 2:28 PM by Laurie DeGezelle
Dear Members and Friends of the Church of the Holy Communion:

November was a wonderful month with unseasonal warm weather and celebrations of All Saints Day and Thanksgiving.  We worshipped together as
we remembered those we loved and who filled our lives with much happiness  We also gathered together to give thanks for all who are with us now
and to share our bounty with others who are in need.  We acknowledged our blessings and expressed our gratitude to those around us.

Gratitude, derived from the Latin word gratia, means grace, graciousness, or gratefulness.  It is an appreciation for what w4e have received. We can
acknowledge the goodness in our lives, the fact that much of that goodness comes from outside ourselves, is larger than ourselves, and helps us
connect to other people, to nature, or to a higher power.

Gratitude is a way for people to appreciate what they have instead of always reaching for something new in the hopes it will make them happier, or
thinking they can't feel satisfied until every physical and material need is met.  Gratitude helps people refocus on what they are instead of what they lack.

Researchers have determined ways to "cultivate" gratitude.  Some are:

            Write a thank you note.            Express your enjoyment and appreciation of what that person
                                                             has done for your.  Send it or take it to them.

            Thank someone mentally.        No time to write?  Think about the person who did something nice
                                                             for you and mentally thank them.

            Keep a gratitude journal.         Write down your thoughts about the gifts you receive each day.

            Count your blessings.             Each week write down and reflect on what went right or what you
                                                            were grateful for.

            Pray.  Meditate.                      Prayer can be used to help cultivate gratitude and mindfulness
                                                           meditation can help focus on that for which you are grateful.

During Advent, let us express our gratitude for our church family and place of worship, by pledging to give generously of time an talents in the New Year.

With love and care,

Judy Gardner, Parish Nurse
December 2015