I haven’t really prayed since bedtime prayers as a child. I remember reciting the “Now I lay me down to sleep…” prayer nightly. However, a few years ago I adopted the practice of giving thanks for three things from my day, every day. This was part of my wellness program and a way to change negative thought patterns. Interestingly, I do it at night before sleep.
Google defines prayer (noun) as “a solemn request for help or expression of thanks addressed to God or an object of worship” (July 10, 2018).
Based off of Google’s definition of prayer perhaps I am praying at night with my expression of thankfulness. I end my expression of thanks with “Blessed be.”
Anyway, some days these three things I give thanks for are very simple. Today I am thankful for:
- Getting through the day
- The roof over me
- The pillow under my head
Other days my expression of thanks is a bit more involved:
- Every time my children laughed today because it is such a pure and uplifting sound. Their laughter fills me with warmth and happiness, and I feel lucky that they are part of my life.
- The sight of the sky this morning on my way to work. The clouds had a beautiful play of blues and blue greys trimmed with hints of white and it highlighted the rich blue that could only be seen in small patches behind the clouds. Even the shapes and the way it all rolled in the sky was a remarkable sight. It was a wonderful way to start the day.
- Having a few minutes at the end of the day to enjoy a good book. The weight of the book in my hands has such a grounding effect and curling up into a comfy position and just focus on the words on the page slows and focuses my mind so that a deep and restful sleep can follow.
With all that said, I decided the theme for the month of March is giving thanks. So, every day this month I will post about something I am thankful for. I hope you will join me by reading and commenting. If you would like to share something that you are thankful for you can either add it in the comment section or post a link to your own thankful post in the comment section below. Can wait to read and share with you all this month.
By Shari Marshall – 2019