by Christine Sine

This week’s gratitude scavenger hunt has taken me in directions I never ever anticipated.

I began by walking about our wonderful residence thanking God for the a lot of blessings it supplies for us –

For workplace space that has turn into sacred space – large adequate for a desk, an altar, shelves for lots of plants and to show my prayers.

For space to do hospitality and the appliances that make it simple – stove, microwave, electric kettle, crockpot, a spare space, a large living space and dining space for entertaining.

For a lot of light that keeps us all cheerful in the winter dark and aids my houseplants develop

For private space for Tom and I exactly where we can unwind away from the pressures of neighborhood.

For a large backyard to develop vegetables in and lots of flowers to make us all smile.

Gratitude for residence

The list seemed to go on forever but as we talked about this at our neighborhood meal on Tuesday Lisa reminded us that her household in Northern California is with no energy and I was brought up brief by the reminder of so a lot of who lack the privileges I take for granted. Flush toilets and electrical energy and warm showers. There is a entire realm of thanksgivings that I want to add to my list. Devoid of these life is harsh and unsanitary. My thanksgivings want to elicit a response. What can I do to make it less complicated for some of these who are houseless and with no sanitation to obtain a protected and safe location to reside?

So as I bask in the joy and gratitude of a residence when so a lot of do not have 1 I am reminded to pray and to commit to a response.

I study by way of Isaiah 65:21-22 right here quoted in The Voice and claim it as God’s guarantee for all these who are with no shelter now.

 Individuals will confidently make homes and make them their residences
        they will plant vineyards and appreciate their fruit for years to come.
22     They will not be concerned that somebody else will come along, drive them out,
        and take it all away.
    For My people today will reside as lengthy as these age-old trees
        My selected will use up and put on out what ever they make.

Photo collage of these who have lost residences

I am reminded of these who have lost their residences due to the fact of hurricanes and fires and war. Spent fairly a bit of time praying for these in the Bahamas who nevertheless do not have residences and for so a lot of other folks in Puerto Rico who even immediately after so a lot of years are nevertheless with no shelter. And that is only the tip of the iceberg. Individuals in California and Australia who have lost their residences to wildfires, and most devastating of all the influence of war, the devastation of bombing and the want to flee with small hope of a safe location to land.

I was reminded as well of these who have been pushed out of their residences due to the fact of injustice, financial stress, and greed. We adore Camano Island Coffee partly due to the fact this organization partners with Agros to support people today in Central America make homes and kind neighborhood.

My gratitude for what I have demands to spill more than into compassionate action. As I say in The Present of Wonder:

Gratitude is about altering our perspectives not our situations. We can all reframe what occurs to us with gratitude not resentment recognizing the richness of our lives in comparison to other folks. I am grateful for flush toilets, but millions in our globe do not have them. It is an added delight to consider about how I could I make somebody else’s life greater by generating this luxury obtainable to them.

My reflections this week led to the creation of two collages – 1 of pictures of our residence and one more of pictures of these who lack housing. It is a superior reminder for me to guarantee my gratitude rolls more than into action.