Gratitude Changes Your Perspective

A Weekly Stewardship Reflection, Sunday, October 14, 2018

By: Tracey Ragsdale

For the past 10 years, I have been part of a woman’s Bible study group. The members of this group are my friends, some of whom I have known for years and some of whom have enriched my life with new friendships. Collectively, they provide a safe outlet in which I have been able to share both burdens and joys. One of the things I love most is receiving a Bible verse and commentary each day. They always seem to bring me some much needed perspective. I was particularly inspired by Psalms 118:29: “So let’s keep on giving our thanks to God, for he is so good! His constant, tender love lasts forever.” Erwin McManus writes, “Gratitude changes your perspective about life. You see the future, experience the present, and remember the past in a dramatically different way.”

During this season of stewardship, I am grateful. I am grateful to the wonderful staff who led us so seamlessly through our transition and so graciously welcomed David and Emily. I am grateful for the tireless work of the Rector Search Committee who so prayerfully listened as God called us to invite David as our next rector. I am grateful for the enthusiasm of this congregation as they have embraced David and our staff and are excited to share ways we can better serve in the future. I am grateful for Karen and Mike Huennekens who, without hesitation, said yes to our request to lead us in our annual campaign and who have worked to organize this effort. I am grateful to St. Mary’s for all that it has given to me and my family. I am thankful for the many friendships I have found through our church, the opportunity for spiritual growth, and for the constant challenge to become a better, more Godly person.

One of the ways I can show my gratitude is by joyfully pledging and supporting this parish. I love what we at St. Mary’s are doing, and I am inspired by how much more we can do together to share God’s blessings.

“Gratitude changes your perspective about life.”