Facing Life After Facing Death: Day 2 of 11

Be Grateful

By Rev. A. Stephen Pieters (also posted on The Body)

A common question these days is, "OK, I'm going to live... now what do I do?" Here are ten suggested steps, based on my own experience of surviving AIDS.

Be grateful.

"O Yahweh my God, I cried to you for help, and you have healed meO God, you raised my soul from among the dead, and restored me to life from among those gone down to the Pit. Sing praises to Yahweh, all who are faithful, and give thanks to God's holy name." -Psalm 30: 2-4

Give God thanks and praise! Celebrate life! Remind yourself every day that you're going to live, and that this is not only a good thing, it's a miracle. You are God's precious creation, and you deserve to live. Make a habit of daily counting all the good that has happened in your life. Don't just pray when you need help, but give God thanks and praise daily for all your blessings. After all, you're going to live! You've got a lot to be grateful for. God is a God of life.

About the MCC Church

Founded in 1968, Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC) has been at the vanguard of civil and human rights movements by addressing issues of race, gender, sexual orientation, economics, climate change,  aging, and global human rights. MCC was the first to perform same gender marriages and has been  on the forefront of the struggle towards marriage equality in the USA and other countries worldwide.

MCC recognizes a state of need around the world in the areas of human rights and justice including but not limited to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer community. As people of faith, MCC endeavors to build bridges that liberate and unite voices of sacred defiance. MCC leads from the margins and transforms.