This is the 3rd of 8 sermons on "Being the Beloved" by Henri Nouwen filmed at the Crystal Cathedral.Please take a few minutes to absorb this sermon by Fr. Nouwen.
To be taken, to be blessed, to be broken and to be given is the summary of the life of Jesus who was taken, who was blessed by God, broken on the cross, and given to the world. It is also the summary of our life because just as Jesus, we are the beloved.
To read more of this ...The Life of the Beloved
Start with this lovely little 7-day blessing booklet from Ann Voskamp.(Click the word "Weekly Gratitude Journal" below to view and print).
Weekly Gratitude Journal
Another lovely post on gratitude from Ann....please click the link to read the entire post.
Because what will the math really matter if they are bitter? If the house is immaculate — but my attitude a mess? If they can count — but they don’t know how to count all things as joy? If we get the lists done, but have lost happiness in Him? How can any grammar skill outweigh the fact they don’t know the language of grace and thanks? What good will it be if they can recite all the major British battles — but they don’t know to see beauty? What am I teaching our children if I’m not living simply, quietly this: “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things” (Phil. 4:8). Focusing on what is beautiful, good, true –isn’t this the truest education?