Brian McLaren writes of a time he had insomnia . . . so instead of lying there unhappy because he couldn’t sleep, he decided to enter into a time of “prayer” with God, focusing on gratitude.
I invite you to read McLaren’s words . . .
Then I thought of all farmers everywhere, my mind quickly imagining scenes of rice paddies and wheat fields and vineyards and ranches and aquaculture ponds, from America to China to Argentina to Russia to Uganda to Canada.
Then I pictured the blessings of soil and sun and rain, which got me thinking about the water cycle and sunlight and the solar system and the galaxy.
Instead of seeing the universe and its many gifts revolving around me as, sad to say, I normally do, for a few minutes I saw myself as one gift within the larger gift that we call creation.
And I felt thankful not just that certain gifts are part of my life, but more; I felt thankful that my life can be part of this bigger gift, this sacred Given-ness.
I’m fifty-four years old, and I don’t think I ever felt that kind of great big gratitude until the other night.
There was a kind of ecstasy to it, a deep delight and weighty joy that stayed with me as I drifted off to sleep, and remains with me now.”
McLaren, Brian D. (2011-03-15). Naked Spirituality: A Life with God in 12 Simple Words (pp. 69-70). HarperCollins. Kindle Edition.
Question to Ponder:
- What is something that you can ponder that will cause you to meditate on the bigger blessings of the universe?
- Take one minute (time yourself) and for that period of time write down every single thing you are thankful for. Can be as “minuscule” or grand as whatever comes to your mind.