Sixth Week of the Generosity Cycle
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, for kings and all who are in high positions, so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and dignity.
.As we enter the sixth week of the Generosity Cycle, it’s a kickoff to a season of reflection that continues the generosity cycle throughout the rest of the year.
Receiving God’s grace and love allows us to reclaim our true nature. It is our nature to be generous like God. God’s generous sharing transforms us.
This transformation is an ongoing process of becoming what we were created to be. So, while we have reflected on gratitude and generosity through the Generosity Cycle over these last six weeks, this is really just the beginning. Learning to live generous lives comes as we open our lives to God often and intentionally.
Now the real work begins as we continue our individual and collective journeys towards God’s grace and generosity.
God, you have blessed us beyond measure. You have given us all that we are and all that we have. As we continue this journey of reflecting on your grace and generosity, may we choose gratitude and to be generous to others in such a way that they may also experience your unconditional love and grace. We pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
“giving thanks to God…at all times and for everything” (Ephesians 5:20)
[Adapted from A 7-Day Guide to Gratitude by Diana Butler Bass]
Often, we feel we have to escape from everyday life to embrace the mysteries and blessings of God. But we don’t need to go far, we can look inside ourselves. The greatest gift is the one we most often take for granted: that we are alive. Take ten minutes today for silence. Sit somewhere you will not be disturbed and set a timer. Reflect on the words, “I am. We all are.”
What happened in the silence?
Did a sense of gratitude emerge in this exercise?
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