Friday, October 12, 2007

Pentecost +20 Sunday – C4

Pentecost +20 Sunday – C4

Years C
Luke 17:11-19

A part of enlarging one's gratitude (in general or in praise of G*D) is awareness of its availability as a choice.

Suppose we came up with a Gratitude Quotient that would take our expression of thanks during a particular time frame (morning, afternoon, evening) and divided them by the number of opportunities we had to be thankful (then turning it into a percentage by multiplying it by 100).

GQ = # Thanks / # Opportunities x 100

Then we could devise a refrigerator chart divided into those time frames per day and chart our Gratitude Quotient. Hopefully we would see a rise in our percentage of thankfulness over time as well as seeing a connection between our biorhythms and ease of thanksgiving.

Just raising gratitude to our awareness in this or some other gimmicky way, brings a benefit. We will begin to recognize more and more opportunities for giving thanks, rather than simply proceeding to life as usual. Try it, you may like it.

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sometimes we call out
have mercy on me
sometimes our call becomes
have mercy on us

both are powerful
to ease troubles
to firm resolve

then our stuck point
becomes the doing
or the not doing
of what we hear

we can wait for confirmation
right where we are
and trust nothing less
than immediate healing

we can wander about
following this instruction
and that instruction
and be further lost

may we have the wisdom
to know when to what
and what to when
to plow ahead or return

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