Gratitude is one of the most fundamental spiritual practices in our teaching. After all, if God is all there is, then doesn’t it make sense to say thank you on a regular basis? This past holiday season, many people had an opportunity to say thank you – to gifts, to kindnesses, to shared food, shared talents, even shared treasure. There’s a lot caught up in gratitude – we may feel we aren’t being grateful enough. We may have judgment about other people’s level of gratitude. And it may be hard to create an overall feeling of gratitude in our daily lives. Let’s take a deep look at this practice – and how it fits into our understanding of affirmative prayer.