A Gratitude Journal. “Joy is the fruit of gratitude .” Ann Voskamp , One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are. A Gratitude Journal. Participants who kept a gratitude journal: felt better about their lives as a whole were more optimistic about the future
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Our fifth practice of gratitude is…
there is a practice of praying
what the Jews call the
All of these Benedictions
begin with or include the phrase
“Bless you O God…”
or “Blessed are Thou, O God…”
“Blessed are you, O LORD,
the God of Israel our father, forever and ever.
Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power
and the glory and the victory and the majesty,
for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O LORD, and you are exalted as head above all.…And now we thank you, our God, and praise your glorious name.”
Ortberg challenges us
to adapt this form of prayer
by taking time three times each day,
morning, noon, and night,
and making up our own Benedictions.
If we did five in the morning,
five at noon,
and five at night,
we would have “Fifteen Benedictions.”
These could all begin,
“I bless you O God…,”
and then you fill in the blank
with something you are grateful for
in that portion of your day.
A soul that traces the brushstrokes of God
in each moment
lives in irrepressible gratitude.
“The Lord gave,
and the Lord has taken away;
blessed be the name of the Lord.”
“Gratitude in its deepest sense
means to live life as a gift
to be received thankfully.
And true gratitude embraces all of life:
the good and the bad, the joyful and the painful, the holy and the not-so-holy. “
We do this
because we become aware of God\'s life,
in the middle of all that happens.“
Henri Nouwen, Turn My Mourning Into Dancing