Today I am grateful for frost

I went to scrape the frost off the windshield, and encountered this magical world. I was so entranced, I was five minutes late for a meeting! I could have looked at it and thought “Grrr… frost. I’m cold and I wish I didn’t have to scrape the windshield.” But the beauty was so stunning that instead I forgot about being cold, and enjoyed looking at all the detail and variety, before finally reluctantly scraping it off and going on my way.

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Janet Strickler
Warm Shoes

Today I am grateful for new warm shoes for cold weather.

From the Prayers of the People

Jennifer Braun
Enough

Today I am grateful for having all I need to face the coming winter with comfort and not worry.

From the Prayers of the People

Jennifer Braun
Today I am grateful for my fingers!

Today I am grateful for my fingers. It first occurred to me when I was able to open a small plastic box in mid-air with my non-dominant hand, and I thought “How remarkable that I could do that!” From there I started thinking about all the other things I can do with my hands. Simple things like buttoning buttons to more complicated things like knitting. I can tie my shoes and braid my hair. I can count up to 144 on my fingers. (ask me if you want to learn how.) I can pick up a pen or sit down at a keyboard and words that are in my head appear on the page or screen where other people can read them. All of these things are amazingly complex, if you think about them; the communication )largely invisible to me) that takes place between my brain and all the little nerves and muscles that have to work together to do even the simplest of them. I have an art studio full of tools, but there are many things that can really only be done with the best tool of all; my fingers.

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Janet Strickler
Good smells

Today I am grateful for the smell of homemade bread baking in the oven.

From the Prayers of the People

Jennifer Braun
Walking

Today I am grateful to be ambulatory, after recovering from surgery.

St. Cecelia’s meeting, Oct 24

Jennifer Braun
Candles

Today I am grateful for candles to provide light when the electricity goes out.

From the Prayers of the People

Jennifer Braun
Marriage

Today I am grateful for marriage to my husband of 71 years, Harry.

I have been blessed.

Barbara Hoffman

Jennifer Braun
Sound

Today I am grateful for the sound of the wind in pine trees.

From the Prayers of the People

Jennifer Braun
A new Rector

Today we are very, very grateful for a new Rector being called to St. Stephens. Welcome, Rev’d Melissa!

Jennifer Braun
Today St. Stephens is grateful for getting started with UTO

Today Kay Aitchitson provided St. Stephens parishioners with United Thank Offering boxes. The United Thank Offering (UTO) is a ministry of the Episcopal Church. Contributing to the mission of the whole church, UTO is a way individuals can embrace and deepen a daily personal spiritual discipline of gratitude. We are grateful to Kay and for this opportunity to explore this beautiful ministry. For more about UTO go to https://www.episcopalchurch.org/united-thank-offering

Jennifer Braun
Grateful for Freedom

Today I am grateful for our freedom. I work in places where people are much less free than we are here. In Afghanistan, the women in this photo weren’t free to show us their faces. Nor are they permitted to drive. This month I’ll be working in Uganda, where if a person is overheard criticizing the government, that person can be arrested. Here in the US we can share our feelings and beliefs without fear. For that, I am very grateful. Jennifer Braun

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Jennifer Braun
Thankful for safe water

Today I am thankful for safe water. Where I am here in the town of Entebbe, Uganda, we have safe water. Where I’m going up North tomorrow to work for this month, not so much. In the rural areas of sub-Saharan Africa, making sure we have water that is safe to drink it is a big part of how many people spend their days. Many, many women all over the world spend a huge amount of their time carrying water. I see them around me all the time, heavy jugs on their heads. If you are fortunate to have access to clean, running water, that is something for which you might consider yourself very fortunate.

Jennifer Braun
Welcome to the Gratitude Blog

Welcome! Today, we are grateful that you are here at our blog! In an effort to made gratitude a more conscious part of our lives and faith, St. Stephens will be posting messages of gratitude on this blog. We hope it helps everyone to find a multitude of reasons to be grateful.

Jennifer Braun
Today I am grateful for persistence

Today I am grateful for the way things grow in cracks in pavement. It reminds me that no matter how hard we try to pave the world, nature and life will win.

Usually, it's just grass, but today I saw these petunias, which had seeded them selves from last year’s planting in a nearby planter next to an office building.

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Janet Strickler