Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Melody Beattie
Meditation: Melody Beattie is the author of “Co-dependent no more”. She uses her own story to help others who grew up in families where addiction and abuse were part of the daily experience. Her recovery inspired thousands of others. Her descriptive and non-judgmental language educated many and normalized the consequences of having grown up in addicted family systems. Her liberating example and message is that in recovering and in letting go of trying to control one’s environment, co-dependent persons can be freed from their addiction to addicted and abusive persons and systems. Gratitude becomes one of the spiritual resources of being able to surrender control and fear. In relating with gratitude to one’s Higher Power that wants to save all of us from abuse, addiction and even from ourselves, we find freedom and the power to transform our life patterns.
Prayer: Healing God, when we come to you, depleted from the patterns we find ourselves stuck in, you want to open up new possibilities. You give us guides, role models, teachers who point us in new directions. Help us to embrace gratitude as the means of breaking out of our relationship cycles of hatred, abuse and addiction. You want to give us resources we never had available. You teach us new ways of relating, new ways of seeing and of drawing boundaries. You teach us gratitude and self-respect. You are the source of all healing. And we are grateful. Amen
Therefore with joy you shall draw water out of the wells of salvation. Isaiah 12:3