A Rocha is a prayerful organization. Over the past year I have been blessed many, many times by the spiritual maturity and faithfulness of my colleagues, as expressed in communal worship or prayer, re-orientation in “business” meetings, and in casual everyday encounters. In January it was my privilege to contribute to some of our corporate moments of “holding the space,” specifically creating times to sit in gratitude, and to pray for creation.
At the January planning days for the Brooksdale Environmental Centre, the local staff spent time sharing stories of our encouraging moments with donors, and discussing the joy of participating in a movement of gratitude.
Afterward, we spent two hours writing thank you notes to A Rocha donors. (So if you got one recently, now you know why!) My colleague Tim, after an hour of writing notes and seeing how much time it takes for each one, shared something rather profound. He felt a desire to leave and do something ‘more productive’. “But,” he said, “I’m also recognizing the value of staying in this moment, and dedicating this time to practising gratitude. It’s hard, but that’s what makes it valuable.” Since then, other colleagues have also shared about how good it was to “hold the space”, and to take time just for gratitude for our donors.