“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.

Let the word of Christ swell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.” Colossians 3:15-16

As I begin Maundy Thursday in the deep quiet of the morning these are the words that strike me. “And be thankful.” This is a succinct, simply and yet poignant message.

The power of gratitude is truly transforming. After being challenged to be patient with the hiccups of life the past two weeks (having lost two Blog notes that never made it to the site), today I begin in gratitude instead of griping.

Today we begin with thankful hearts for the changing power of God’s living spirit in our lives. Today we walk more closely with Him and with gratitude in our hearts this Holy Week.

Education – our children understand what Maundy Thursday is and how it is significant to the Easter story.  In their young hearts they understand, and in their minds the pieces of the story are coming together. Of course Leonardo da Vinci’s fresco of “The Last Supper” is the beautiful picture we hold in our mind’s eye (and we hope to see it in Milano some day!). And I have to admit that C.S. Lewis’s book – “The Chronicles of Narnia” also help the children to emotionally relate the path of this week, too. It’s the beginning, of understanding the beauty, the significance, the power behind Easter.  Get those Easter Eggs out – it’s all about new life to be thankful for this weekend!