GraceNotes: Holding the Space for … Reflection

#67 — November 1, 2017

“Thank you” is the best prayer that anyone could say.

— Alice Walker

Greetings, Inspired Seekers!

Thanksgiving gives us a chance to embrace a pivot point in the year. A shift into gratitude, grace and mercy that will make space for positive change in the world. But we can't make change in the world unless we first allow space for change in ourselves. Ah yes, that difficult self-work rears its head again. However, for this, I give thanks.

Moments of thankfulness can be seen all around us at this time of year, in advertising slogans and in sentimental made-for-TV-movies. We are surrounded by calls beckoning us to take a moment and give thanks by forces that seem, somehow, to have ulterior motives. Be that as it may, the sounds of Thanks-giving are loud and clear. The question is - are we really listening?

Can we really increase our capacity for gratitude and, if so, how? All of the traditions of the world - religious and spiritual - invite us to do so.

Perhaps if we really took a moment or two extra in our daily meditation or reflection practice, if we offered a prayer of thankfulness more frequently, if we could be just a bit more intentional with our choices and take on an attitude of gratitude, our lives would be more full and more thankful. Also, I suspect, more peace-full.

Thankfulness - like anything else - has its own energy. We either fuel that energy or reduce it by the daily choices we make that seem so inconsequential. Are we living our lives with the fuel of gratitude - that fuel that is love?

So, will you choose love today? Will you choose to live full of gratitude? I believe you will. And for that, I am thankful.

A blessed Thanksgiving to all of you!

Grace-Fully Yours,
Reverend Deborah

Monthly Affirmation: In each moment, in each day, I am thankful.

The Reverend Dr. Deborah Darlington serves people of all traditions with gratitude for their desire to grow and seek spiritual development. She can be reached at 215 260 1611 or at for sacred ceremonies and speaking engagements.