When I wake up in the morning, before I get up, I pause and pray the “Abandonment Prayer” to begin the day. Immediately following that prayer, I think about the day before and what I am grateful for, generally for life, health, family, faith, for all the good things that happened. On Monday going about my business, I noticed people held doors for others. Even before stepping into a crosswalk, the driver of a pickup truck – stopped and I waved my appreciation, a wordless “thanks.” Civility and respect are not dead, but sometimes seem elusive in our busy, go, go, go society. I heard people say “please” and “thank you” just going about everyday life.
You notice in the introduction to the liturgy that when we begin the musician reading the introduction says, “Now let us take a few moments and consider, think about what we are grateful for.” It is an important action every day to dialogue with God for whatever we are most grateful. Because we realize, I hope we realize, that everything we have is a gift. Yes, we went to school, learned job and life skills, learned to be somewhat self-sufficient, but we are so interdependent on others that being grateful can have a profound effect on our daily mood, our daily well being. Being thankful can move me to first of all think of others before thinking about myself, my own needs, as important as they are. Second, when I think of others and do something for them, it brings a smile to their faces. Think of all the grateful people in Houston who were rescued from their flooded homes.
When we are grateful for life, and God’s blessings, we, you and I can approach life in a totally new way, fresh way, a way that recognizes our faith, belief and trust in Christ. To know that we are loved by Christ, whom we can never disappoint, who is always willing to forgive us, may give us the impetus to do something great, something beautiful for God today. What are you grateful for? What brings a smile to your face? How will you respond to Jesus today? Blessings, Father Larry Hendel
Father, I abandon myself into your hands; do with me what you will.
Whatever you may do, I thank you: I am ready for all, I accept all.
Let only your will be done in me, and in all your creatures – I wish no more than this, O Lord.
Into your hands I commend my soul: I offer it to you with all the love of my heart,
for I love you, Lord, and so need to give myself, to surrender myself into your hands without reserve,
and with boundless confidence, for you are my Father.