With Gratitude

By Polly Bergerson

I am reflecting on the last three months of my life with profound gratitude! It wasn’t too long ago that I had a conversation with God thankful that I had come through 70 years without a major health issue. During this conversation, I wondered why the many ailments of this world had by-passed me. Well, be very careful what you pray about!

I have a greater understanding of what gratitude is all about. In early August, I received a diagnosis of breast cancer and the wheels were quickly set in motion for me to receive the care needed to carry me through an amazing process.

The first thing I did after receiving my diagnosis was to have another God-conversation. I asked for peace, strength, a positive life-giving attitude and wisdom for all the caregivers I would be in contact with during this journey. I turned it over to God and the prayer warriors I knew and began the walk forward. I am not done yet – also I know that nothing I am going through is life threatening – and I know that many of you have gone through more pain and suffering than I can ever imagine – but I hope that you have the same experience of gratitude for your care-givers that I am talking about.

There is a link between our spirituality and our gratitude-attitude. We can have a greater sense of gratitude in all areas of our life because we worship God with gratitude for all that we are and all that we have. This gratitude-attitude eventually spills over to our everyday life. Up until now, I think my gratitude-attitude was a little selfish.

Now, I find myself looking at life with a spring in my step and a purer heart. We have much to be thankful for, even in the midst of strife. I appreciate each day more and each person I come in contact with I perceive as a renewed blessing. I am learning to be eternally grateful for the small things and satisfied in each new day.

Take the time this day, wherever you are in this journey of life to give thanks to God for walking with you daily and carrying you through the hard-times and for His provision of all the care-givers (medical, friends and family) He places in your path.

“And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful.” Colossians 3:15

Lord, through adversity, you open our eyes to what gratitude is all about. Help us to truly live out the peace of Christ in our hearts showing daily gratitude for the people that pass through our lives. Amen

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