Every day, we need to go to our quiet place...

Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

December 22, A.D. 2004

1 Samuel 1:24-28
1 Samuel 2:1,4-8
Luke 1:46-56

O Radiant Dawn,
Splendor of eternal light, sun of justice:
Come, shine on those who dwell in darkness
and the shadow of death.

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

In today's first reading, Hannah offers her son Samuel back to God in gratitude for answering her prayers.

Today it is good to ask how often do we thank God in our daily lives for all the gifts and blessings He continually bestows on us. So often we can be distracted by the toils and troubles of living that we can forget to appreciate all that we have and all that we are.

Each one of us is unique, is a wonderful reflection of God's awesome power and grace. While it is good to strive and desire to improve our circumstances so that we can enjoy better physical and mental well-being, cultivating an attitude of Christian gratitude is fundamental to knowing God more dearly and being even more open to all the graces and experiences He wants to offer us.

So today regardless of what circumstance you find yourself in, try to accept where you are and what you are doing right now as being part of your personal journey, and find one thing (at least!) that you're grateful to God for -- then see what happens!

- Cliodhna Doyle
(clia at cliadoyle dot com)

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