Reflections on gratitude

On Sunday, we were invited to reflect on things for which we are deeply grateful. St. Mark’s offers blessing for…

  • Mom & Dad
  • Laura & Jim
  • Jake
  • Mitch
  • a home that offers safe refuge and warmth
  • delicious food
  • a loving family
  • my church community with whom I share mutual love, care, and support
  • hummingbirds
  • St. Mark’s
  • family
  • financial security
  • travel opportunities again
  • my professional life
  • family support
  • children, grandchildren, deep friendships
  • safe and beautiful home
  • kind and loving husband
  • my health
  • nature
  • my family
  • the rain
  • my husband and children
  • employees at the hospital where I work who give love to patients and each other
  • the beauty of nature, provided by God
  • the love of God shown by my wife
  • my wonderful husband, may God bless him
  • Debra
  • music
  • good health
  • existence
  • family and friends
  • spiritual warmth, direction, and prosperity
  • my children
  • walking prayer in nature
  • food
  • home
  • greeting today
  • warmth
  • dance, walk, swim, bike
  • family, friends
  • garden, books
  • my education, the ability to go to school
  • trees as they change color
  • travel across state and country
  • loving family
  • dear friends
  • security in having a home with doors that lock
  • modern medicine, the scientists who developed it, the doctors who diagnose, pharmacists who distribute, nurses who administer
  • for X’s partnership in my life
  • for kind, caring, committed friends and colleagues
  • for home, safety, shelter
  • for everyone helping us raise our kid
  • my wife, who is fun, smart, and interesting
  • the St. Mark’s community
  • the beauty of the outdoors
  • my family
  • my health
  • my granddaughter
  • St. Mark’s
  • pain meds
  • music
  • flora and fauna
  • air
  • my iPhone
  • music
  • Bruce
  • Judy
  • caring doctors
  • mac & cheese
  • my dad
  • my cats
  • my teachers
  • my friends
  • my grandma and grandpa
  • trees, rain, sunshine, animals
  • my daughter
  • my husband
  • our bodies
  • our earth
  • our brains
  • our capacity to love
  • to be alive
  • Gail
  • for Sal
  • for mom
  • for rain
  • for medical care
  • for friends
  • standing upon the sea of stars
  • wild life
  • my dog
  • my family and friends
  • for doctors
  • for food
  • life
  • church
  • schools
  • St. Mark’s community, and the way it reaches out to those who are hungry
  • for my wife, who helps me constantly
  • my husband and our marriage
  • St. Mark’s parish and ministers
  • my spiritual journey and guides
  • my children, step-children, and grandchildren
  • trees and water
  • music: specifically, quartal harmony, plagal cadences, add-nine chords on the piano
  • the young people of this community: their prophetic questions, joyful energy, and gracious love
  • Miriam (my Shannon)
  • that the bone flap is to be replaced on my daughter’s skull 
  • for safe travel to and from Seattle
  • for my son who fills my heart with joy and love everyday
  • a vaccinated community that allows us to move toward being a community
  • for the unconditional love I received from my mother — she laid a foundation of how to give and receive love
  • moments of tenderness with my children
  • presence of close friends
  • the unexpected
  • for this wonderful St. Mark’s community
  • for the love of family and friends
  • that I reached the age of 95 to see my 14 great grandchildren (or is it 15?)
  • kindness of strangers
  • Lily and her work with children
  • music at St. Mark’s