Alphabet Faith Stories: Grateful Gwen

An attitude of gratitude

G: Grateful Gwen. I Thessalonians 5:16-18–“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks (grateful) in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (NIV)

Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition of grateful:

  • Appreciative of benefits received
  • Expressing gratitude
  • Feeling or showing thanks
  • Providing pleasure or comfort (scents of tea or coffee)

Grateful (thankful) phrases:

  • An attitude of gratitude
  • Gratitude; my cup overflows
  • Choose to be grateful no matter what
  • Gratitude turns what we have into enough
  • Thankful with a grateful heart

G: Grateful (Thankful) Gwen’s Story:

“Gwen knew as a little girl that she wanted to become a nurse when she grew up. She was often found playing nurse with a number of her dolls. She would check their temperature, listen for their heartbeat, and cover them in band aids and bandages. Her friends would often call her “Nurse Gwen” whenever they played together.

After graduating from high school, Gwen enrolled in the nursing program at her local college where she diligently studied nursing courses and did her semester at the local hospital before taking her nursing exams to become a registered licensed nurse (RN).

Upon graduation, she got a job at the local hospital and worked in pediatrics. She enjoyed helping and working with her patients every day for several years. When it came time for her to retire, Gwen did so reluctantly. Everyone who knew Nurse Gwen, loved her and wanted to give her a going-away party to show their appreciation for her dedication and caring attitude.

On the last day of work, Gwen was asked to come to the nurses lounge where she was greeted with a special surprise party. She was really overwhelmed by their generosity and was truly grateful that they had given her this gift. They handed her a plaque for her years of service and when she read it, her eyes filled with tears of happiness. It read as follows:

‘To Nurse Gwen for her untiring and compassionate service to her patients and fellow co-workers. We will always be grateful for your dedication.’

Gwen’s spirit of selflessness and nurturing attitude was what her co-workers were going to remember her by. They made it very clear that she would always be welcome at the hospital. At that moment Gwen decided that she would volunteer 1-2 days a week.

With a grateful heart, Gwen continued volunteering at the hospital for another five years until she could no longer do so. Gwen had so many fond memories of her years as a nurse and then as a volunteer in the hospital gift shop. She was able to use her other talent and artistic creativity to set up gift displays, recommending gifts for patients’ families, and being available to listen to concerned parents of small children placed on the pediatrics ward.

Gwen enjoyed her life. When someone asked if there was one person that helped her in life’s decisions, she said, ‘I give all the praise and glory to my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, the author and finisher of my faith, who helped me run the race, and deepen my faith and walk with him on my journey in life.'”

During this time of uncertainty as many of us face the challenges of “keeping social distance” from everyone due to the virus that has plagued our nation and the world, let us remember all of the first responders and caring nurses and doctors who have served tirelessly during this time to make our lives safer.

God is in control and let us give thanks and praise to Him with a grateful heart as we serve others.



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