Principles of Prosperity, Thanksgiving: Abundance through Gratitude
Sunday message by Rev. Pat Bessey
This week concluded the series on Prosperity Principles. How fitting to end on Thanksgiving: Abundance through Gratitude. I say this as we had our women’s retreat on Friday and Saturday at Pilgrim Lodge, 44 women attended, and we were overwhelmed with gratitude and thanksgiving. I have no doubt in my mind these women were transformed at depth in a short 24-hour period; if you were to ask them, they would agree with me. One participant wrote on Facebook “I’ve been re-arranged in the nicest of ways.” Another wrote: “My Heart is blown open.”
A hearty THANK YOU to the Retreat Team: Erin Conway, Kim Cowperthwaite, Michelle Neas and Cindy Uhl, and to Rosie Deer Heart for her amazing wisdom and skills as our facilitator. We have all reclaimed our preciousness.
Here are some thoughts to ponder regarding gratitude:
- “Gratitude is a spiritual enzyme that hastens the fulfillment of your prayer of faith.” — Rev Charles Roth
- Gratitude can also be translated as grace. The King James Version of Colossians 3:16 says that we are to be “singing with GRACE in our hearts.”
- Gratitude is an attitude of grace. It means that we can see God’s grace in all things. Gratitude makes you happier and healthier.
Research is showing that gratitude is truly amazing in its physical and psychosocial benefits. Recent studies have concluded that the expression of thanksgiving can have profound and positive effects on our health, our moods and even the survival of our marriages and all other relationships.
There’s an old saying that if you’ve forgotten the language of gratitude, you’ll never be on speaking terms with happiness.
I am inviting you into a gratitude challenge…
For the next 30 days, practice gratitude by keeping a gratitude journal. Record at least five things you are grateful for every day.
At lunch on Sunday, I stopped by the table where the Salois boys were having lunch with their father Steve, who asked Evan (fifth grade), Jake (third grade) and Gabe (first grade) to tell me what they do before going to bed at night. Their answer was to say what they were grateful for. How blessed they are to be getting this teaching at such an early age.
The more grateful you become, the more aware you will become of God as an active presence in your life. Say “thank you God” as often as possible. Write thank-you notes. Give thanks continually. Each day, note a way you practice gratitude.
Here is an affirmation for you:
I open my heart to the Beloved in a spirit of gratitude and thankfulness.
The Beloved fills me with love in overflowing measure.
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You are a blessing in my life.
Rev. Patricia Bessey