The practice of gratitude for Sunday, February 3rd has to do with practicing gratitude in the context of religious community. Just as living as a thankful person means living a better life, so too does the practice of giving thanks make our religious communities healthier and more vital.
Practice: Meet someone in church that you don't know very well and let them know that you are glad that they are part of this religious community.
Not too hard, right? Of course, the key to do this is to do it authentically and in a way that is not cheesy, or forced, or fake. Learn something about that other person. Ask them why they come to SMUUCh and what the church means to them. You get the idea.
If for some strange reason you are unable to attend church this Sunday, that doesn't let you off the hook. Flip through your directory until you find a name that you don't recognize and give that person a call and introduce yourself.
What is the Biblical teaching about strangers being angels in disguise...