Count Your Blessings: Lenten Devotions
Sunday, April 3
On Sundays, our Sabbath day of rest, we invite you to find refreshment through quiet reflection and prayerful breathing. Each week, we will offer a simple exercise to help facilitate this process, and we invite you to try these or your own.
As Bing Crosby sings in one of my favorite movies, “When you’re worried and you can’t sleep, just count your blessings instead of sheep, and you’ll fall asleep counting your blessings.”
As you lie down for bed tonight, think about what you are grateful for today. Focus your energy on the positive aspects of the day you just had, even if there were challenges in their midst. Consciously recognizing the positive in our lives, despite all of life’s challenges and imperfections, gives us peace and joy.
We often take for granted the smallest pleasures, like a kind conversation with a co-worker, a delicious meal, a dog’s wagging tail, or a phone call from a loved relative.
Take a moment to silently reflect on five things you felt grateful for today, big or small. Fill your heart with gratitude. Make this the last thing you do before drifting off to sleep peacefully.
Jen Fraser is organizing assistant for Bread for the World.
Photo by JonGenius.
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