Are you looking for a daily practice of gratitude, intention, and reflection?

Back in January, Bishop Laurie invited us to join her in a new spiritual practice for the new year: the 5-minute journal.  A LOT has happened since then (2020, you will be remembered). But this increases, rather than diminishes our need for grounding spiritual practices.  And September is just a good a time as January to try something new.

The 5-minute journal is simple, as shared by Pr. Reuter-Harrah in the video below.  He chose to purchase and download the app ($4.99), you could also buy a paper journal (24.99) or just use a piece of pen and a paper. Here are the questions:

Every morning take 5 minutes to note:

  • 3 gratitudes
  • 3 things that would make today great
  • An affirmation for the day: I am . . .

Every evening take five minutes to note:

  • 3 amazing things that happened today
  • 3 things that could have made today better

Click on the video below to watch Pr. John Reuter-Harrah share the grounding he has found since starting the practice this year.



The 5-minute journal is based on the practice developed by Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556), referred to as the daily examen.  Ignatius saw these twice daily reflections as a gift directly from God, a way to experience God’s prence in daily life.

The Oregon Synod staff are committed to practicing social distancing protocols per CDC and Governor Brown’s guidelines. Although we do not currently have in-person office hours, we are here to support you and can be reached at the contacts below. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate through this together.


Oregon Synod
2800 N. Vancouver Ave., Suite #101
Portland, OR 97227

(503) 413-4191

Bishop Laurie Larson Caesar-
Bishop’s Associate Juan Carlos La Puente-
Bishop’s Associate Pr. Melissa Reed-
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