Dear Hyde Park Family,

I’ll start with the special invitation: Mark your calendar for Sunday, February 27, when we will have the great privilege of hosting renowned author and speaker Diana Butler Bass for morning worship and an evening lecture (4-6pm).

Diana is the author of a bestselling book titled “Grateful: The Subversive Practice of Giving Thanks.” A number of our small groups have studied her book, and the Committee on Lay Leadership has decided to make gratitude the central theme of the work of all our teams and committees this year.

Her book is filled with profound insights into the perspective of gratitude, such as this passage:

All around us, every day, there are gifts. Whether we are facing a crisis or not, no matter our challenges or feelings, there are gifts, most of which go unnoticed, unappreciated, and often disregarded. Sometimes they take us by surprise – we experience the “aha” of being helped or suddenly seeing a beautiful sunset, and the emotion of gratitude wells up in our being. Gifts seem to spring upon us like an epiphany, bursting our hearts with that wild admixture of humility and joy that we know as gratitude. (p. 86)

She includes a number of practical ways we could develop a pattern of gratitude in our daily living, including a description of the ancient Christian practice of the daily examen, created by the Roman Catholic monastic order of the Jesuits:

  1.  Become aware of God’s presence
  2. Review the day with gratitude.
  3. Pay attention to your emotions.
  4. Choose one feature of the day and pray from it.
  5. Look toward tomorrow. (p. 79)

We are excited to bring Diana Butler Bass to Hyde Park, for what will be a special day of instruction and inspiration. Put the date on your calendar, and click here to register.

 

 

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