Every morning my husband and I start the day sharing what we are grateful for. Sometimes it is as simple as the coffee one of us goes downstairs to get. Of course behind that is gratitude that we have coffee and can afford to buy more, that we can handle the stairs, and that at age 80 we have each other.
During my early morning prayer time I continue with gratitudes, which includes all of you because I am a Fellow. This Lenten season I have also been grateful for the way you have faithfully kept in contact through letters and cards, and through sermons and services over the internet. I am especially grateful for the Tenebrae service. The message of love, which Br. James so simply and eloquently offered in words, was conveyed in deed by the feet washing, and felt through the music.
Love is Jesus’ message. One way to express it is to start with gratitude. I learned that from my mom who lived to be 101. She told me that she started her day with gratitude. “Every morning I thank God for my family and friends, my health, my life, and my faith.” And so, that is what I do, always adding gratitude for her. In fact, her last words, thirteen days before she died were, “Very grateful.”
Thank you all for sharing your gratitude for God’s love, especially as expressed through the risen Jesus. All over the world people are calling out for strength and depth during this COVID-19 time. You ministry helps me know and come to believe that God is hearing and responding in more ways that any of us can hope for or imagine.
My favorite resurrection story from my favorite museum, San Marco in Florence.