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Sunday, July 12, 2020
July 15, 2020
Rev. Dr. Ewen Holmes
July 13 Devotional
I was recently talking to someone about happiness. They were telling me that they’ve been taking a class on happiness, which is proving to be very enlightening. One takeaway form our conversation was the surprising statement that studies have shown Americans are less happy today than they were 30 years ago.
One part of this class introduces several intentional steps a person can take to increase his or her happiness. Some of the suggestions include regular exercise, maintaining a healthy diet, consistent spiritual practices (meditation or prayer), and expressing gratitude.
Gratitude is an important piece of faith; and it’s important for us, as followers of Jesus Christ, to acknowledge its presence, to embrace its beauty, and to have its residual effects impact our lives.
Gratitude is “the quality of being thankful; the readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.” And even though the word has been in decline for decades, it needs to be revived in our personal lives and in the other expressions of our lives. We have to find ways to return gratitude to its previous place of importance in our daily lives.
One way we can start to revitalize gratitude is to begin a ‘Daily Gratitude Log.’ This is a collection of observations or recognitions of moments of gratitude that touch you in a day. Each day take 10-15 minutes to write down five examples of gratitude that you experienced during the day. Some installments may be very elaborate and detailed; some may seem minor and not very essential; but all will highlight and expose for you in different ways the importance of gratitude and how it makes you feel a little more cheery, even happy. Try this for two weeks, that’s how long new exercises can take to become habits, and you need that length of time to start to feel some difference.
So, start to celebrate gratitude! It may just bring a bit of happiness to your life!!
-- Rev. Dr. Ewen Holmes
Adult Spiritual Formation Resources
New Voices...New Verses...
Several months ago six to ten people started gathering via Zoom on Sunday mornings to explore a variety of news headlines and related Bible passages, with the hope and intention of seeing how the Bible is alive in the here and now. This had led to new learning as well as lively discussions and sharing about a variety of news stories concerning COVID-19, the pandemic of racism, how to be the church in the midst of two pandemics, and the importance of kindness in all of our interactions.
Because face-to-face worship service resumed The Wired Word will meet via Zoom on Thursday evenings at 7:00 p.m. Now that we are meeting on Thursday evenings, you will receive The Wired Word materials by email on the Tuesday before the Thursday discussion gathering. (Click on the Wired Word logo above to see this week's lesson.)
If you have not participated before, please join us. Any questions about the material, the time, the Zoom meetings, etc. please call Rev. Linda at the church office 989-686-1360 x2 or email at email@example.com.