While I plan to continue writing and sharing ‘full-length’ blog posts, I have found that my work as a Christian Science practitioner, as well as my part-time work in community building for this and other wonderful sites, has kept me from writing as much as I’d usually like! However, I have really valued and appreciated the opportunity this blog has given for me to connect with so many wonderful people.
So, in that spirit of gratitude, I would like to let you know that on any weekday when I don’t have a longer blog post ready for posting, I will be sharing simple gratitude that I have for people, events, and ideas. Inspired by the lovely book, A Simple Act of Gratitude, I have been taking very specific and conscious moments in my days to just give gratitude. This recognition of the good in my days has made me more aware of the immense good that is here! It’s only by opening our eyes that we will see more.
Gratitude is the acknowledgment of good. Often, however, when we pray, aren’t our prayers sort of the opposite of gratitude? Do we spend our prayers pleading with God for something – something which must not be present, else we wouldn’t be pleading for it? Are we imploring God to give us, or someone else, more good?
Are we asking God to be a better God?
We are assured in I John that God is Love. “Can we ask Him to be more?…God is not moved by the breath of praise to do more than He has already done, nor can the infinite do less than bestow all good, since He is unchanging wisdom and Love.” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, page 2)
The combination of these inspired ideas – that God, being Love, certainly does not need to be pleaded with – has helped me realize that the effectiveness of prayer lies in a present acknowledgment of God, Love, immediate and all. Sometimes, this even includes a denial of whatever evidence that the physical senses may be showing. But we’re used to doing that, aren’t we? After all, the sun certainly seems to be going around the earth every single day, and yet we have the assurance of astronomy that it is, in fact, the other way around.
Likewise, the assurance of God as Love lets us acknowledge and trust what God has done, rather than working backward and assigning evil to God. If we start with God in our prayers – even, simply asking to see more of what God has done! – we are acknowledging the immediacy of Love which wipes out any possibility of something opposed to good.
This is one reason that I love gratitude, because it gets me in the habit of acknowledging God, good! Thank you for allowing me to share my gratitude with you!
That’s a great place to start, actually. I’m immensely grateful that you have chosen to take some time out of your day to stop by and read this offering. I love to be able to share these thoughts, and I’m so grateful for the support and interest of anyone who reads – whether you are a long-time subscriber or a new reader. Thank you for allowing me to share with you!
Enjoy this wonderful day!