Grant Montgomery: In Our Darkest Hours
As part of our spiritual journeys, we should take time regularly to focus on what’s happening in our lives – honestly addressing any anger, fears or guilt. This type of meditation and prayer gives us the ability to let God process our anger, fears and guilt so these negative emotions don’t build up in us.
If our circumstances are unpleasant, or if we are concentrating more on what we lack than on what we have, it may seem ludicrous to try to find something to be thankful for. At times of internal struggle, gratitude probably won’t seem natural to invoke.
But even in our darkest hours, we can cultivate an attitude of gratitude. No matter what is happening around us, we can choose to respond in a way that will help us learn and grow. When we look at our difficulties as opportunities for growth, then we can be grateful for the lessons we are learning from these difficult experiences. There is always a gift in every experience. Expressing gratitude allows us to find it.
A profound challenge, like a death of a loved one, or a major illness or accident, often marks a watershed in our lives, so that everything else becomes “small stuff.” The experience can leave one with a profound sense of perspective, and with it‚ a profound sense of gratitude for life itself.
No matter what the form or physical appearance of situations in our life, we must seek to see them as teachers lovingly sent to us for our good. Through these teachers, we learn to trust and lean on God’s reliability and love. And the more we lean on God, the more we open our life to the floodgates to His solutions and understanding.
A grateful heart recharges the soul and revitalizes the body. It releases our soul from bondage, lifts our awareness to a place where the wings of consciousness can let us soar in harmony with God.