One prayer of thanksgiving when things go badly is worth a thousand when things go well.This is nice advice to read, but it really proves its worth when practiced. A number of things were getting to me this morning and I came across this quote in Madeleine L'Engle's Walking on Water which I'm reading for next week's book club.
St. John of the Cross
I immediately began offering thanks and soon was feeling great pity not for myself (a nice change, right?), but for my "oppressors" ... or, in the case of circumstances, a much better sense of perspective.
That is a simple and shallow example, but it was the carrot I needed to get me back on my thankful prayer wagon and it is accompanying me through the day.