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The Gratitude Project – Past the Pain

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Gratitude Changes Everything. Let’s change the world together.

“He heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds…”
Psalm 147:3-5

Sybrina Fulton is grateful that God turns pain into power. After the tragic death of her son Trayvon Martin, she’s turned pain into advocacy. She is a social justice activist, co-author, Rest In Power: The Enduring life of Trayvon Martin and a candidate for public office in Miami-Dade.

Today, I’m grateful that God turns pain into Power! I’m grateful that our strength is made perfect in weakness. (2 Corinthians 12:9)

Back in the day, rhythm and blues artist, Jerry Butler sang “Only the strong survive. Hey, you’ve got to be strong, you’d better hold on; Don’t worry about it. Don’t you know that things are gonna change?”

It’s hard being strong. It’s exhausting.
They try to make the best out of the worse situations. They keep going, when others have stopped. They keep living, when the horrendous has happened. They handle stress in urgent situations. They strengthen those around them increasing the pool of strong talent. They lend their strength to others.

Today, check on the strong. They need a safe space to take off their body armor and show their vulnerability without their weakness being held against them.

Let us pray:
Almighty God, we are troubled by events that stir around us. We cannot understand them completely, for the causes and reasons are far deeper than we can see. But we do know that many lives are interrupted by the horrendous and destroyed by injustice. It is hard to understand those who do not see that what they say and do creates a dangerous climate that readily explodes with violence with the least provocation.

Light of the World, shine your brightness into the darkness of this world. Transform our pain into power and possibilities and our traumas into testimonies. Help us to resist the temptation to be exclusive or selective because Christ died for all of us. Grant us the confidence and the courage to be busy about your business today. We can do nothing but look to you, the author and finisher of our faith, for strength and direction to do your will among all people. In Jesus Name, Amen.

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Spread gratitude all around today! Gratitude Changes everything!

Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie
10th Episcopal District AME Church
Founder, Selah Leadership Encounter for Women


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  1. Daniela Bailey says:

    Grateful for a sacred space where I can bear my burdens!

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