I love summer! I love the warm weather, the bright sun, the flowers and trees in
full bloom, outdoor activities, all of the things that say summer. I love it all.
I love to walk the bike trail. As I filled my lungs with fresh air I felt so grateful.
I am grateful to be alive and to experience God’s many gifts such as the scent of
But many times worry creeps into my thoughts. I worry about parish finances, parishioners
who are ill or hurting, how do we get more parishioners interested in their faith,
etc. But every time I begin to worry I start counting the gifts in my life. I found
that I cannot worry and be grateful at the same time.
Gratitude always brings joy. Active joyfulness brings with it an awareness of who
we are and Whose we are. It acknowledges that all we have are gifts from a generous
Living from the perspective of gratitude and joy, our hearts remain open to the Spirit’s
influence; we stay connected to God. Being grateful for God’s goodness in our lives
displaces our worries and fears and replaces them with God’s presence.
Have a grateful, joyful and blessed summer! See you in church!