Credit: Annie Spratt
This daily post is designed to help you live into our New Room Society covenant of practicing daily prayer together. Below is this week’s theme and daily practice.
Week 17: Gratitude
Gratitude seems like a simple and good thing for Jesus people. But what are some of the subtleties around molding your life into a more grateful shape?
“Let them give thanks unto Jehovah for his loving-kindness, and for his wondrous works to the children of men; for he hath satisfied the longing soul and filled the hungry soul with good.” Psalm 107:8-9, Darby Translation (DARBY)
In her book Celebrations: Rituals of Peace and Prayer, Maya Angelou writes, “Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good.”
Gratitude is both a place to settle your life, and a way to become more fully formed into the image of God.
But what at first seems a simple act, a simple way of being, can also illuminate darker emotions, situations, and struggles. Consider, for example, the woman who refuses to leave her abusive spouse, and instead expresses what is for her a very deep sense of gratitude for him. How is vulnerability linked to thankfulness? Where is the balance? How can even God-inspired expressions be turned away from the good?
Another issue: Is gratitude an emotion? What if you don’t feel it?
It is well to become a person who thinks theologically about characteristics which are commonly held as “good.” How can this week’s focus on gratitude help you develop greater discernment? How can your gratitude be wholly holy, and therefore harder for the forces which oppose God to hijack or redirect for darker purposes?
Sunday: Video Gratitude
Enjoy watching these two simple videos of gratitude.
Rachel’s video: https://vimeo.com/112989594
Kevin’s video: https://vimeo.com/111707384
What are you inspired to do?