Gratitude journal
three good things

Jun 9, 2019

So much to be grateful for…

…on this Pentecost Sunday in Lourdes

An honour to have done my morning service in the Underground Basilica. There must have been 25,000 in the congregation, all speaking in tongues, of course, as they came from every country in the world. So grateful to have been able to shake the hands of so many unknown people from across the globe at the Kiss of Peace.  If we can do it here, we can’t we do it everywhere 

On duty in the afternoon, first in the Grotto. Stationed in the Grotto at the back, encouraging people to move on it was an honour and a deeply moving privilege to witness those many people so confident and devout in their faith as the walked around the Grotto, praying at Bernadette’s spring and touching the walls of the Grotto.

Two more procession followed, first the BSP, then the Marian Torchlight. Definitely on crowd control again and a privilege and an honour to be in the presence of a huge crowd again. Grateful to be able to shake hands and say ‘peace be with you to so many people’. But it was so cold and I am grateful to Didier at the Brancs for stocking such a fine and warming red wine to restore my circulation afterwards.

In the midst of this, the Hotel Continental were kind enough and efficient enough to move into a room somewhat larger than the rabbit hutch of my original room. Grateful to their friendly and helpful staff for organising this for me.

It was a long, long day with a good deal of standing around. However I am so grateful for the honour of  serving here in Lourdes in an unusual, moving and rewarding way.

A Gratitude Journal is just a simple way of recording and appreciating the good things in life.

Research shows that keeping a gratitude journal leads to higher levels of alertness, happiness and positive emotions
as well as a stronger immune system, lower blood pressure and better sleep.

See more entries at https://jeremy.deedes.com/category/personal/gratitude/

A Gratitude Journal is just a simple way of recording and appreciating the good things in life.

Research shows that keeping a gratitude journal leads to higher levels of alertness, happiness and positive emotions
as well as a stronger immune system, lower blood pressure and better sleep.

See more entries at https://jeremy.deedes.com/category/personal/gratitude/