A Season of Gratitude

I have a friend at the Cathedral who every year for her Lenten devotion, she posts something daily on social media that she is grateful for. Some posts were the simple, obvious things, like family and good health, but others were random like the Publix fried chicken dinner meal package (which I am also thankful for). She was also thankful for non-tangible things like, a peaceful evening, or the mercy of an encouraging word from her husband. It was interesting and made me reflect to watch her journey unfold on facebook.

What would happen if we, as a parish, made that journey over an extended season? Can you imagine giving thanks daily, purposefully over the course of an entire year? That is the focus of the Cathedral’s Season of Gratitude. We’ll endeavor together, to be mindful of our blessings every day until our next celebration of the Feast of Saint Luke in September 2017. With each parish event or programing plan, we’ll be mindful of how we are representing and reflecting our gratitude for God’s gracious blessings. 

I’ll begin today with giving thanks for St. Elizabeth Guild. This group invited me to speak at their luncheon last Wednesday about my involvement with Our Little Roses in Honduras over the past 16 years, and more especially about the little girl they sponsor, Daysy. She’s not little anymore. SEG began sponsoring her when she was five years old, now she’s about to be 18. 

I so admire the ladies in St. Elizabeth Guild. They are a beautiful, admirable bunch, each with their own personality of kindness and good fun. And, they are devoted to doing God’s good work however they can. I don’t know of another ministry at the Cathedral that has a smaller budget than SEG, yet they are faithful in stewarding the little they have, including caring for the girls at Our Little Roses. Currently, the ladies are taking orders for Christmas greenery to raise money for the projects they support. You will be buying greens for your home anyway. Please consider placing an order. The wreaths are gorgeous, and you have until November 1. Contact Susie for more information at sdunlap@stlukescathedral.org.

Next I’ll give thanks for the Book of Common Prayer. Second only to the Bible, the BCP is a rich resource for words of prayer when mine seem inadequate. It is a treasure for the Anglican community.

Ashlie Darley, Librarian
The Yergey Library

Prayers For the Parish, Book of Common Prayer, page 817
Almighty and everliving God, ruler of all things in heaven and earth, hear our prayers for this parish family. Strengthen the faithful, arouse the careless, and restore the penitent. Grant us all things necessary for our common life, and bring us all to be one heart and mind within your holy Church; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.