What Do I Receive?

I write this post today after a week of pause to recollect and remind myself of the things that I am thankful for having in my life. I am issuing this practice as a meditative guide and prayer list after recalling the following quote by Dietrich Bonhoeffer:

“In normal life we hardly realize how much more we receive than we give, and life cannot be rich without such gratitude. It is so easy to overestimate the importance of our own achievements compared with what we owe to the help of others.”

Here is my list of gratitudes (in no particular order):

Life, Emotion, Knowledge, Love, Friendship, Forgiveness, Sanctity, Music, Faith, Compassion, Grace, and Joy

Though these concepts are quite broad, they remind me of moments, even seconds, from the past week where I felt a sense of bewilderment about how truly amazing my life is.  I seek to keep these concepts and moments in prayer throughout the weeks ahead to remind myself of the many blessings bestowed upon me.

“How lovely is thy dwelling place, O Lord of hosts!

For my soul, it longeth, yea fainteth, for the courts of the Lord;

my soul and body crieth out, yea for the living God.

Blest are they, that dwell within Thy house: they praise Thy name evermore.”

-Psalm 84:1,2,4

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