Nov 23, 2023 |
WLSU, Multitasking Gratitude| The Rev. Philip DeVaul
WLSU, Multitasking Gratitude
I am thinking today about gratitude. I am thinking about what it means to be thankful. It is not possible to be thankful all the time. I can’t feel any one feeling all the time. Sometimes I think I’m supposed to always feel good, or happy, or confident – and that is an unreasonable expectation to place on myself. But I can seek to focus on gratitude for this life.
Quite often God is in my presence, showing me attention and care, sharing this life with me. But I get distracted. I say I’m multitasking, but really, I’m choosing to focus on something else. Probably my phone. I’m juggling a lot, and not all of it is good. Not all of it is good. I want to say that out loud, because toxic positivity and delusional gratitude are real: The fanatical push to make everything ok is tempting in religious circles. Not everything is ok. Nobody knows that better than God.
But where will I place my focus? With which eyes will I look at this moment?
Thanksgiving is underrated. It used to signal the beginning of the Holiday Season