A Moment of Gratitude – Submission by Willie Heard IV

We have found ourselves living in a time of extremes, where illness, fear, and stress have struck our nation and world and uncertainty has become the prevailing currency. It has become our challenge to embrace hope as we scramble to find flexible methods to remain healthy, prevent the spread of disease, protect the vulnerable, and continue our school and work responsibilities. It is important that we’re aware of our thought patterns as potential threats are being offered to us throughout the day. It may become easy for us to question “What if?” Surely we can agree that it’s necessary to take the appropriate measures to stay safe during this time, but the danger of “What if” arises when the question becomes constant, leading to a state of fear rather than preparation. Finding ways to combat fear and uncertainty is something we all have strongly consider. We have been presented with loss in a range of ways and so it is incumbent that we take up a position of gratitude. Gratitude starts with noticing the good things that exist in our life. Gratitude provokes an aura of positivity that reaches inward and projects outward. It is when we recognize the blessings that have been granted to us and intentionally appreciate them that our days become enlightened. Let us be grateful for the many jewels that we still have available to us for we are not without love, relationship, and kindness.

Here is a short prayer of peace by David Adam:

A Celtic Prayer of Peace

Calm me, Lord, as you calmed the storm; still me, Lord, keep me from harm.

Let all the tumult within me cease, enfold me, Lord, in your peace.

Calm me, Lord, as you calmed the storm; still me, Lord, keep me from harm.

Let all the tumult within me cease, Lord, enfold me in your peace.

— David Adam

2020-03-20T09:44:47-07:00