Gratitude - December 2015

Post date: Dec 14, 2015 10:28:06 PM

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