Practicing Gratitude in Month of Thanks

The month of November invites us to consider all the things in our lives for which we may give thanks. Sounds fairly straightforward and easy, right?

For some folks, that might very well be true, but for others of us, developing a practice of gratitude is difficult in any part of the year, even in a month celebrating thankfulness.

Some of my (Christa) favorite gratitude practices include small but intentional methods to work moments of gratefulness into my daily rhythms and routines. I don’t currently use all listed below, but I have used (and loved) them all at points in the past.

The Prayer of Examen reminds us to look for something in our day for which we can give God thanks. Click the blue link for a downloadable form you can use to guide your own prayers.

Gratitude journaling is a practice that allows us to record moments of grace throughout our days. At the end of a given period of time, we can look back and see the records of God’s faithfulness in our lives. Click the blue link for a Weekly Gratitude Journal from Play2LearnWithSarah.

If you have space on a wall, you might also consider a “thankful tree.” Designs can be as simple or complicated as you like, but the basic idea is that a leaf is added every day that includes an item or thought of gratitude. We’ve got one up on our wall at church and we invite you to add your own leaf if you stop by!

We invite you to come celebrate gratitude with our community during our annual Thanksgiving Eve service on Wednesday, November 22 at 7:00 pmT, followed by a pie social.

Christa Cordova serves the Beautiful Savior community as ministry apprentice and occasional blogger (June 2017-March 2018). She anticipates completing her master of divinity degree at Fuller Seminary in June 2018.

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