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Pause and Pray

Focus on the Positive

Apr 17, 2021
Focus on the positive


Choosing to reframe or not focus on negative experiences gives them less power. This is true, too, for negative media and violent movies. Savoring positive memories magnifies them, building our psychological immune system to cushion failures and disappointments. As Lutheran Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffermartyred in a Nazi concentration campsaid, “Gratitude changes the pangs of memory into grateful joy.”


God, we thank you
for your fidelity

and the examples
of faithful people—
hose who surround us,
those in history.

May we take our place
in this company of saints.


Read the story of the ten lepers in the Gospel of Luke 17:11-19, where only one returns to thank Jesus for his cure. Imagine getting—and being cured of—a modern, deadly disease. Which of the ten would you be?

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Submitted by Robert J. Pechacek (not verified) on Sat, 04/17/2021 - 06:41 AM


I seem to be so at peace. I am 66. I must continue to contemplate this

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