I read many inspirational posts every morning both before and after I meditate on my life and what I have done and will do according to God’s overall plan as I understand it. This morning as I was reading a post by Richard Rohr, I was immediately intrigued by his opening comments on gratitude and generosity. He writes, “Each and every morning offers us a chance to start anew, fresh, and to begin again. Each morning when we wake—should we choose to listen—is a message from the Creator to remember the privilege we were given of waking up.”
Although I attend a fairly liberal Episcopal Church (I do so because of the liberal policy of aid to the less fortunate members of society), I consider myself a Christian Scientist first, and then a person who follows and practices Buddhism. I have lived with pain most of my life, but when I awaken each morning, I do immediately thank God for another day with my wife and family and thank him that my only material concern is the pain I feel from activities in my younger years. I have no other mortal afflictions (except maybe terminal, mortal stupidity).
Every day I wonder why I am chosen to comfort my fellow man. I am not educated in the fundamentals of being a religious leader; I am neither priest or pastor. Yet I find that I am very comfortable bringing The Word of God to those in need. My clergy friends remind me that God often chose the uneducated and humble to lead His flock to justice and freedom. And to me, justice and freedom means to realize that it is our spiritual selves that matter when we speak of eternal live and salvation.
Won’t you join me with gratitude and generosity toward others and thanking God for all we have!
©Russell Kendall Carter
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