Keeping a Gratitude List

As told by Ann Cooperann cooper

I keep a gratitude list. Every night before I go to bed, I list three things I’m grateful for. It’s amazing (or maybe not) how often St. David’s, or more accurately, someone from St. David’s, appears on my list. I also keep a list of people I pray for, many of whom are St. David’s members. Why? Because I’m called to this ministry, and because it is an honor to carry them in prayer and in my heart, as I have been carried.

I once heard that the opposite of poverty is community, and that is what St. David’s means to me. The community that is St. David’s nourishes me in so many ways. That nourishment may take the form of the wonderful food in Café Divine, or the often unseen ministrations of our staff and clergy, or of a member I encounter. Maybe it’s the person  who greets me when I come through the doors, or the people I  greet as I sit in the lobby on Wednesday afternoons. Maybe it’s the Eucharistic ministers  at the altar rail who look me in the eye as they offer me Christ’s body and blood, or who brought those elements to us in the hospital and at home when my husband Eddie was sick. Maybe it’s the Altar Guild teams who serve behind the scenes to prepare for each service, or the WeEBS (Wednesday Evening Bible Study) who remind me that I am a “beloved and cherished child of an awesome and amazing God.”

St. David’s feeds me and so many others, and I want that feeding to continue into a future I will never see.

This year, as I remembered with gratitude how I have been blessed in so many ways, I decided  to increase my pledge, so that I have a part in bringing about that future. We all have a part to play in St. David’s present and future.  I invite you to join me in making a commitment of time, talent, and treasure to St. David‘s.

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