Grateful for Gratitude

Our weather in Kentucky over the past few weeks has reminded me of another time some years back when I was living in Nashville and a big ice storm resulted in a lengthy power outage.  That was in the days of answering machines, and I found myself calling home from work hoping that my machine would turn on and let me know the long wait was over.  I remember my excitement when I finally heard my own voice answering me.  A few days later, I made my first visit to Bicentennial Mall in Nashville and was reading the quotations, carved into the walls, about the history of the development of TVA.  A quote caught my attention that read something like this:  “The best thing in life is to have the love of God in your heart, and the second best thing is to have electricity in your home.”  Tears of gratitude instantly filled my eyes–for both–for love of God and for electricity!  I’m convinced that there’s not much in life that feels better than gratitude.  This week–when so many of us were listening to sleet fall outside–the lights didn’t even flicker!  I’m grateful for gratitude.

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About aliceatgrace

I'm the Rector at Grace Episcopal Church in Hopkinsville, KY. When I came here in August, 2011, I discovered that we have a great asset that was being under-utilized, to say the least. We have a beautiful Chartres labyrinth that was dedicated four years ago, and I decided that I would do all I could to promote the use of it. It's now just post-Easter of 2012, and, about a month ago, it occurred to me that our labyrinth is a symbol of what the future of this church is intended to be. We are people on an ongoing spiritual journey together. We like to ask questions, and we don't always have to have the answers. We are confident that God is leading us into deeper relationships--both with God and with the world around us. We invite you to "come walk with us."
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