Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.  Cicero

This is one of my favorite quotes! It brings to mind the question of the glass being half full or half empty. It speaks to having a grateful heart, a mindset open to focusing on our blessings first. Many have commented on things to be grateful for at this difficult time – those silver linings that lift our spirits and embolden our days. What would we do without them?

This quote also speaks to the necessity of gratitude before all else. Perhaps we can reflect on how a grateful heart makes us more courageous, hopeful, kind, compassionate, loving, generous – the list of virtues goes on.  And aren’t those many of the virtues we need most at this moment?

Ironically, one outcome of this COVID19 pandemic may be an increase in this greatest of virtues – gratitude. We find new gratitude for things we may have taken for granted, we are grateful for small gestures of kindness, our hearts are filled with gratitude for those who put their own lives on the line to care for others, we thank God for our health and being spared the worst of this disease.    

May this prayer of gratitude nurture courage, hope, kindness, kindness, compassion, love and generosity in you and those you are grateful for.

Prayer of Gratitude during COVID19 Pandemic

Good and Gracious God,
We thank you for the beautiful weather over the past week – the sun and the refreshing rain. 
We thank you for the signs of new life that are blooming all around uWe thank you for the extra family time we have been experiencing. 
We thank you for the creative ways we have been able to connect with family, friends and the community. 
We thank you for the many people who are working the frontlines during this crisis, setting aside their own safety for the good of the many. 
We thank you for all the many blessings that perhaps had been taken for granted but are now acknowledged. 
We ask you to help us continue to recognize these blessings and to seek out ways to celebrate all our students and their many accomplishments as we draw close to the end of another school year. 
We ask this through your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen
Bridget Price, Campus Minister

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