This week our focus has been starting everyday with an attitude of gratitude and thankfulness. As my Thanksgiving Card (see October 12 OMP) stated, “if you woke up this morning with more health than illness; you are more blessed than the million people who will not survive this week.” This is another reason for joining with Ebenezer Scrooge in singing of our intention “to start each day with a grateful prayer and a thankful heart”. (“Thankful Heart”, Muppet Christmas Carol.)

This reason has become more and more a part of our conscious prayer life during the current pandemic. Before getting out of bed in the morning it is good to give God grateful thanks in prayer and song for our health, for the health of our loved ones, and for the health of our neighbours. At the same time we have the opportunity to bring before God those who are struggling with health issues, praying that they may recover; and if not, that they may peacefully be received into the compassionate presence of God who loves all people.

St. Paul also encourages an attitude of gratitude, 2nd Thessalonians; “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, and give thanks in all circumstances.” With the Lord’s help, let us do so.

Bible Reading: Philippians 4:6; Psalm 28:7; Psalm 100: 4-5; 2 Thessalonians 5:16-18