Camp and Retreat E-News: A Prayer of Gratitude

October 16, 2019

 

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A Prayer of Gratitude

 Value 6: Gratitude

By Jane Petke, Director at Suttle Lake Camp
 

" 'Thank you' is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, understanding.” —Alice Walker
 
Each evening, our summer staff gathers for a time of prayer. We practice different ways to pray as a community throughout the summer. Often during this time, we take turns going around the circle allowing each person to reflect on their day, sharing any "pows" (something that didn't go so well), "wows" (highlights), and "hows" (how God's Spirit was known). This prayer is simple, yet very powerful. The energy of the group often reflects gratitude as special moments of pure joy, acts of kindness or the beauty of nature are remembered and God's presence throughout the day is celebrated. In the simple acts of naming what we are thankful for, we open ourselves more fully to the abundance of God's blessings and the beauty all around.  
 
Though summer has ended, along with these evening gatherings, I still find it important to take time out from each day to reflect in prayer and celebrate the many ways I've experienced God. So today, I give thanks for ...

  • the red & orange of the vine maple
  • the last harvest of the garden
  • smiles and laughter in sharing a meal
  • the many staff, volunteers, and campers that contribute to the camp experience
 

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