Prayer Chaplain Corner
Greetings to you from the Prayer Chaplain Team!
This being the month of the Thanksgiving holiday, I’d like to extend a challenge to you to take note of one thing for which you are grateful once per day this month. Also, to reinforce your gratitude, come to a Prayer Chaplain each Sunday to send God a weekly “thank-you card” of prayer for all the awesomeness you’ve received.
To encourage your participation, I’d like to share a personal story of how daily moments of gratitude made my life easier. In the summer of 2013, my husband’s job brought us from Montana to Oklahoma. My profession is music education, so I needed to find a job teaching music. I soon found out that the teacher shortage in this state does not apply to music teachers. We settled in Broken Arrow. The teaching job I landed was in Keys, a tiny town just south of Tahlequah 60 miles away.
It was a tough adjustment to the commuter lifestyle. My alarm was set to 4:30 each morning. In order to get eight hours of sleep I’d have to be in bed by 8:15 pm. That left a whopping 2 hours and 15 minutes each evening for dinner and family time. I could go on and on about the negatives, but that’s not the point of this article. The negatives were eclipsed by this positive: Twice per day my commute afforded me a breathtaking, awe-inspiring light show. You see, my morning commute was to the east and the evening commute was to the west. Oklahoma sunrises and sunsets are moments of jaw-dropping beauty. Twice per day I had no choice but to marvel at and be grateful for the splendor before me.
I suspect if you sort through your own stories, you’ll also find one in which noticing God’s Grace in the periphery made the overall challenge more manageable.
At the minimum, gratitude makes the mundane bearable. At its best, gratitude pays itself forward and continually brings joy to your life and the lives of those you touch. Thank you God!
Namaste, Rene Holubec Unity OKC prayer chaplain team.