June 2011- Be present, be grateful

tony-rosie-ralph-ann-lorraineLed by the Spirit: Be present, be grateful.

In the quietness of my room, I was unable to sleep but sensed a deep desire to pray. As the gentle rain was falling against my window, and birds were singing in the deep green trees out-side, my heart was filled with an overwhelming sense of gratitude.

I was at a hospice - a place for people with incurable illnesses like cancer. A medical team gives them love, compassion and assistance through the last days of their lives on earth. One of those people is my sister.

I felt gratitude for the opportunity to be completely present emotionally, spiritually and physically with her. The present moment felt so precious I wasn't worried about the next day, nor did I care about what may have happened in the past.

It's with gratitude that I honour my sister's life, acting as her voice when she's too tired to speak, standing up for her quality of life whenever possible. I'm grateful for the recognition of God's grace and mercy through my own trials; the healing and restoration of my soul that has revealed God's deep love for me. Gratitude is a choice. Today, I choose to be grateful for all my joys and sorrows, and believe every circumstance is an opportunity to bring glory to God. I encourage you to say thank you until you mean it. If you say it long enough, you will believe it.

June scripture study:
Psalm 136:1
 "Give thanks to the Lord for He is good, for his love endures forever.


Lorraine's upcoming events:

June 6 - 63RD Annual CWL Provincial Convention 
St. Vital's Church, Battelford, Sask