Chaplain’s Corner

Chaplains Corner 24

Gratitude Wall

In Year 8, since our return to campus, we have made a ‘Gratitude Wall’ with the people, places, and experiences we are grateful for named. As part of our #Resilience Project work this is important, as being mindful of the things we are thankful for and naming them has a positive affect on our health and mental wellbeing.

And of all the things named, family was number 1 in the responses. Which is interesting coming out of lockdown, as last year when we did this with a different cohort, in a different set of circumstances, friends and things were the most common responses.

In the Bible in Luke17:11-19 Jesus heals 10 men born with leprosy, and only one stops on his way to celebrate and comes back and expresses thanks to Jesus.

Taking time to give thanks is important, and I’m reminded of a Christian song I know that speaks about how when things are going well, giving thanks, singing praise is easy, but when life is challenging, finding things to give thanks for is hard, but so very important.

It’s easy to sing
When there’s nothing to bring me down
But what will I say
When I’m held to the flame      

Even if, Mercy Me

I was touched recently to get an email from a member of our community who, in what many people would say is a terrible situation, was able to speak words of hope and gratitude.

Gratitude, maybe its time to name something you are grateful for every night before bed and see how that changes your view of your world and the people in it.

Every blessing as I head off on maternity leave and I look forward to being back in 2021.

Grace and Peace

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