Today, I am grateful for:
- My partner, family, and friends who are a continuous source of support and encouragement;
- The cool, damp, freshness of snowflakes as they land on my face;
- The privilege of being a full-time student;
- The writings of Gregory of Nazianzus who - sarcasm and all - fill me spiritually;
- Time off from classes; and
- The love of God no matter what I do, no matter what I think, and no matter who I think I am.
In Lent we often talk about abstaining from xyz (chocolate, caffeine, swearing, etc.). We frequently frame this as a "giving up" of something that we like. This Lent, I propose giving up something we don't like - an attachment that keeps us from knowing and experiencing God in our daily life. And so, I commit to abstaining from withholding my gratitude.
1 Marjorie J. Thompson, Soul Feast: An Invitation to the Christian Spiritual Life, (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 1995), 125.