Daily Meditation: January 12, 2014

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The Spiritual Work of Gratitude

To be grateful for the good things that happen in our lives is easy, but to be grateful for all of our lives-the good as well as the bad, the moments of joy as well as the moments of sorrow, the successes as well as the failures, the rewards as well as the rejections-that requires hard spiritual work. Still, we are only truly grateful people when we can say thank you to all that has brought us to the present moment. As long as we keep dividing our lives between events and people we would like to remember and those we would rather forget, we cannot claim the fullness of our beings as a gift of God to be grateful for.

Let’s not be afraid to look at everything that has brought us to where we are now and trust that we will soon see in it the guiding hand of a loving God.

Henri J. M. Nouwen

Text excerpts taken from Bread for the Journey, by Henri J.M. Nouwen , © 1997 HarperSanFrancisco. All Scripture from The Jerusalem Bible ©1966, 1967, and 1968 Darton, Longman & Todd and Doubleday & Co. Inc. Photo by V. Dobson.

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One Response to Daily Meditation: January 12, 2014

  1. Jim Dice says:

    Yes; for my family this area of gratitude and thanksgiving is a big consideration. In light of our Father’s sovereignty even the pain we experience is a blessing from Him. How many times have I caught myself in the midst of prayer asking my caring, all-knowing kind Father to remove some present pain or suffering I am walking in; instead of giving thanks for His Spirit and begin walking in faith and the power in the One who has come to live in me. Thank you for your ministry in reminding me today of this important truth.

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