The Reverend Christine V. Hides
Moments of gratitude from Sunday:
- 25 third-graders made gratitude containers which help us to follow the tenth commandment, “Do not covet,” by paying attention to what we do have rather than what we do not.
- Young children in our family chapel were thankful for Moses and other people we are learning about in the Old Testament who teach us how to be brave in hard times. They were also thankful to be able to spend time outdoors exploring the story with their families.
- The “At Home with God” notecards created by Kenilworth Union Church children make great thank-you notes and support our outreach partner, Humble Design. Order online here.
A friend from Ohio recently shared some of the challenges she is having with her son’s attitude about e-learning. He is not motivated or organized. As we talked, I noticed her focus began to shift. At the end of the call she surprised me saying, “though this is hard, I am grateful to be having these conversations now so that he will learn the skills he needs when he gets to high school.”
Gratitude. The simple practice of saying thank you is a key ingredient of both happiness and faith. The source of our desire to love God and neighbor is thankfulness for the abundant gifts God provides. No, nothing feels normal right now. People are facing real challenges and uncertainty. And, in both the joyful and the hard times, we have opportunities to practice gratitude.
More creative ways to practice gratitude with children can be found in the “topics” section of CONNECT, our online learning community. Kenilworth Union families are invited to join using this link.