DAY 50: Thursday 7 May
ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE
Good morning for this our Jubilee Edition of the daily emails – that’s 50 consecutive days!
First of all today we must wish Bill Tough a very happy birthday and also today is Bill & Barbara’s Diamond Wedding Anniversary. The surprise celebrations have had to be cancelled – at least for the time being.
Here’s a photo of them both on this day 60 years ago…
You may have seen the programme on TV last evening about Captain Tom. In just 6 weeks, this veteran of WWII has come from obscurity to international fame, all because he wanted to show his gratitude to the NHS who recently cared for him following surgery. The initial idea was to walk around his house 100 times before his 100th birthday and his family offered to donate £1 for every completed lap. Then word got out and others began to donate – the target was raised to £1,000, then £10,000, then £100,000. On 30 April, Tom’s 100th birthday, donations had topped £29 million, Tom had been made an honorary Colonel, received a gold Blue Peter badge and with Michael Ball topped the charts! Tom says of himself that he is always an optimist and the idea of raising a ‘small amount of money’ for the NHS was his way of showing his gratitude.
Tonight at 8pm, the nation will once again step outside their front doors to clap in appreciation of the NHS and key workers caring for all of us through the coronavirus crisis.
Expression of Gratitude is something that seems to be in plentiful supply in these days. Just around the corner from where we live, one house has lots of kid’s pictures pinned to a pallet on the front lawn expressing thanks and appreciation to nurses, doctors, paramedics, policemen, teachers, delivery drivers and bin men. Politicians are constantly expressing thanks to our ‘incredible NHS’. An attitude of gratitude is the necessary attitude for these days if you want to be thought of as caring and appreciative and a wonderful human being!
In the UK we have so much to be grateful for although it’s too easy to find reason to complain. We know the restrictions imposed in this country are nowhere near as strict compared to many other countries where people have not been allowed out of their homes for weeks, even for exercise. We have seen restrictions lifted in Spain last week where the population is now allowed to go out for a short walk, but not to travel by car. Yesterday I received an email from Lynda West-Mullen with an update from Romania. Many of you were involved in donating towards the project to take city kids and orphans to the mountains for a holiday. Through the generosity of members of the Chapel, we raised enough to sponsor 4 but because of Covid-19, the project has now had to be postponed until Summer 2021. The Prayer letter from Romania is attached to this email if you want to read all of it, but in summary, the lockdown in Romania is considerably stricter than here. A military emergency is in force which means the population cannot go on the street without an official form and there are shortages of food and basic supplies. The serious situation in Romania is repeated in many African, Asian and Middle Eastern countries and I have seen reports from TEAR Fund and Kids Club Kampala and other charities describing similar dreadful conditions with shortages of basic drugs and little or no PPE available to doctors and nurses.
Let’s never take our blessings for granted – let’s develop an attitude of gratitude towards people who serve us, members of our church who demonstrate their care for us, and of course to God for his unfailing faithfulness and grace shown to us. Our ‘Attitude of Gratitude’ shouldn’t be something we turn on and off when we feel like it, but it should become a second nature. We should instinctively express our gratitude in words; then in some form of action that is unexpectedly generous. As the Bible says – ‘overflowing with thankfulness’.
Colossians 2:6-7 - continue to live your lives in Christ, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.
Colossians 4:2 - Stay alert, with your eyes wide open in gratitude
1 Chronicles 16:34 - Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever >>> GIVE THANKS TO THE LORD OUR GOD & KING
Other Gratitude Quotes -
“Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts.” — (Henri Frederic Amiel)
“I would maintain that thanks is the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.” — (G.K. Chesterton)
“When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.” — (Willie Nelson)
“At times, our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” – (Albert Schweitzer)
“In ordinary life, we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich.” – (Dietrich Bonhoeffer)
“Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.” – (Aesop)
“Gratitude is riches. Complaint is poverty.” – (Doris Day)
Sheila is still in hospital as the cause of her chest pains is investigated further. The plan now is for her to undergo a coronary angioplasty procedure to fit a stent.
Please continue to remember and contact those connected with the Chapel who have no email facility so do not receive these daily email updates.
Also don’t forget those who by reason of age or medical condition have been unable to leave their house at all for the past 7 weeks.
Here’s a song by Josh Groban to remind us to be grateful and thankful >>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_TEqgU4LpnA
Tomorrow is the rescheduled Bank Holiday for the 75th anniversary of VE Day which was intended to be a day of national celebration. We’ve heard the residents of Rectory Park Avenue are having a street party – at a distance of course!