Lent 2013 – day 21

What to DO in Lent 2013?

Is this a season to go deeper and to reflect on updating one’s theology?

IMG_0282Yesterday the reflection was about generosity. Today:

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing,  

give thanks in all circumstances;

for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

 Do not quench the Spirit.”

1 Thessalonians 5: 16 – 19 NRSV

David Hallman asks an excellent question. He writes, ” How can we be expected to give thanksgiving in all circumstances when there is so much suffering, poverty and ecological destruction in the world?”*

Hallman’s response is that we can give thanks, and express our gratitude, for the life-enhancing gifts that God has shared among God’s children, and in God’s world. It is not simply one’s material well-being, or lack thereof.

Is it possible that we can take responsibility for our attitude?

Can an attitude of gratitude enhance our generosity as a response to God’s generosity?

Can anyone improve the spirit of the times through modelling a generosity of Spirit?

The earth has yielded its increase;
    God, our God, has blessed us.
 May God continue to bless us;
    let all the ends of the earth revere God.

Psalm 67: 6,7

* David Hallman, Spiritual Values for Earth Community, page 35

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