Since Lockdown we have been holding our own family ‘Sunday Services’ of reflection and gratitude at the end of each week.
Todays was very interesting as youngest son decided to write down what he would like to say during our service. Here was his script:
Obviously he had got a bit muddled with his ‘grat for’ meaning ‘grateful’ and it was very cute. But as we rounded up our service of prayers and sharing what we were grateful for and why, I took a moment looking at my son’s piece of writing and thought – what am I actually grate-for?
So often we think about all the things, events and people we are grateful for, but what is it about ourselves that makes us great and what can our greatness be used for?
Answering this kind of question can be quite hard for us islanders, especially since we are not raised to praise ourselves or think of ourselves outside of a collective. I have also seen numerous times how our ‘islander humbleness’ can sometimes be a negative for our people, who keep their talents hidden while falling back into the comfort of the shadows.
But in acknowledging, accepting and reminding ourselves of our strengths (and weaknesses) maybe we can be more aware of our capabilities and how to best utilise them in fulfilling our purpose, whatever that may be.
So this week’s Sunday Service question is: What makes you great and what will you use your greatness for?