Morning Prayer June 6
Love break like dawn across my heart. When I have grown shy and quiet, let me find the song that recalls me to my whole self, the laughter that grounds me once again and grows my heart strong and ready to give generously once more. Love steal upon me out of the shadowed places so that I must stop in awe and wonder, amazed anew by this day, the beauty of this life, the blessings that we turn away from and tune out, and the joy of turning once again back to you. Love, here is my heart, already yours; teach me in the day how to use it well and wisely, how to risk it faithfully and how to give all it may give. Amen.
In the linked Tapestry of Faith session, children are invited to create a gratitude list, to name the people they are grateful for. This is a splendid practice, as it connects us to people we can take for granted. If our list is short, then perhaps we have more to do in reaching out and being a reason for others to be grateful, growing new relationships. If our list is long, then we have many reasons to be thankful.
A follow-up activity I enjoy: focus on one person on your list and write down why you’re thankful for them. If writing is difficult, tell a story, sing your reasons as a song, record some spoken word or signed messages and then share it with that person. If the person you’re grateful for has passed on, share the stories of why with another friend, family member, or spiritual companion.