Spiritual Disciplines // GRATITUDE AND SERVICE
Nehemiah must’ve kept a journal. In this memoir of his, he gives detailed accounts of the people, places and things that were provided for the rebuilding of Jerusalem.
As we head more deeply into 2021, we also are a part of rebuilding our community of faith.
We are an outpost. We are learning that we are exiles. So many things about the nation are strange to those of us who follow Jesus. It is hard work to be part of a community of faith. So, it is probably wise for us to follow Nehemiah‘s example.
We should keep a list of things for which to be thankful. Do you have a journal? Do you have an app on your phone or tablet where you could make a list of things for which you are thankful? On each Friday for the next couple of months, we will lead you in some exercises in gratitude.
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NRSV
Today, make a list of five people for whom you are thankful. If it is appropriate, write them a note. Tell them exactly why you were thankful for them. Open up that journal and write those names down. Or, create a new note on your tablet or phone. In the midst of a confusing world, let’s follow the example of Nehemiah and the exhortation of Paul: be thankful.