Monday, February 28, 2011

Gratitude Whispered Today (Multitudes on Mondays)

The day is cold. It begins late (7 minutes late, to be precise, my figure flying to class where my poor professor must be wondering why on some days I just can't make the 8am call to contemplation). Rain taps gently on the windows and small grey clouds sit in my eyes as I look at the afternoon, the work ahead, the too-much-to-think-about.

And there is not much I wish to write, honestly, not much I'm bursting to pin down. But the discipline of the moment, of each moment, is gratitude. The discipline is ache of praise, is praise when silence seems safer, is praise when springtime bursts forth and when winter shudders through the branches of your heart. When you do not want to sing of the fire. When you do not want to bend with the weight of thanksgiving, of remembrance.

And today this list of gratitude is small, but still aflame:

1. Thank You for quiet.
2. Thank You for Your words in {John 14.27}
3. The smell of rain in the morning
4. For prayer with hands raised
5. For the Pulcinella Suite by Igor Stravinsky

May this day, each moment, fill you with the ache to praise, the ache of praise. May peace blossom in your heart from the One who is our peace. 


For Quiet Confidence (from the Anglican Book of Common Prayer)

O God of peace, who hast taught us that in returning and
rest we shall be saved, in quietness and confidence shall be
our strength: By the might of thy Spirit lift us, we pray thee,
to thy presence, where we may be still and know that thou
 God; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


  1. Hilary, I just love the peace i found emanating from your post (here from Ann's place). And your selection from the book of common prayer - perfect! And I should tell you, I started this comment after a skim of your post, and just now, as I glanced to the right and saw all the references to DC, I looked at your blog a little closer, your post a little closer, and found you had prayed for peace! I am here, hoping, praying, that my dear daughter might someday so speak into the lives of others. Are your parents proud? I would say "yes", if their hearts are right!

    Blessings on whatever your studies are...I too love the sound and smell of rain(come quickly, Holy Spirit rain!)


  2. Your blog is truly inspiring! You weave words so beautifully! your writing style captivates the soul. It reminds me of my own and I am drawn in. Thank you for sharing your journey of faith as you walk each day with your heart aching to praise and your eyes fixed on gratitude.

    God Bless you!


  3. Cindy and Melissa - you have both brightened my heart and my smile tonight! Thank you both so much for your words, for your encouragement. Yes, I pray that I would keep my eyes fixed on gratitude and my heart trained towards peace.

    May all our wanderings, as dear Ann says, be full of Him.



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