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Gratitude Matters: Focusing on the good

Gratitude Matters
Paul R. Shackford, St. Andrew's, Harrington Park

When I was growing up, Lent always called on us to give up something. Candy... cookies... swearing (loud enough so our moms could hear). As we grew, it was still pretty much the same. But in the past ten years or so we have come to realize that we are not just called to give up something, but that it just might be better to take on something. Prayer. Reading Scripture. Attending other services.

That’s a good thing. A better thing. Because that can help us focus on the good in our lives. Things for which we are grateful.

Bishop Beckwith often asked us to think of Signs of God’s Grace in our daily lives. I fought that because I wasn’t aware of those incidents. But then I realized that I am so grateful for many of the everyday aspects of my life.

Recently I was privileged to help serve meals to nearly 100 hungry people. We are all concerned with the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet, people have to eat. And I got to serve dinner alongside people who are challenged, but who loved to work to help serve others. Raised their hearts.

Raised mine. I am so grateful that God has given me the opportunity to be part of this ministry. But, more so, that God has made me realize that I am doing this so I can do the work God has given me to do.

Thank you, God.