In everything, give thanks...
Easier said than done, right? Keeping a grateful heart is a challenge. So how do we find gratitude in a year that feels like hardship? I don't have easy answers. I have felt great sadness this year, yet I realize that I am more fortunate than most.
I am reading Liturgy of the Ordinary by Tish Harrison Warren, which is helping me cultivate more God-centered practices in my day. The process is called formation... forming a faithful life. I am grateful for this insightful book and for the women with whom I discuss it.
It can be easy to overlook the gifts in life... I remember my reaction when a friend opened her prayer with: Father, thank you for another day... The day itself... I had taken the actual day for granted! I had overlooked the gift of time. What else had I overlooked?
Here is a small example of the gifts of my day...
Cool autumn air.
My family... huge, extended, diverse and hilarious. I love you all..
Bright autumn colors. Glorious!
The ability and freedom to express myself... to write, vote, sing, etc.
My body. I can still stand in tree pose (on one foot)... then transition my body into a letter T. Okay...so sometimes I need to hold onto something for balance. I'm grateful anyway. 😄
Fresh bedsheets and a warm robe.
Hot running water...
Books, of which I am abundantly blessed.
The quiet understanding of a spouse.
Praise God from whom all blessings flow.... The brilliant blue sky seems to dance with the bright autumn leaves.
If I take time to be still, to focus on the here and now, I find that gratitude will come. I pray it will be so for you also.
Thanks to Ruth Hersey for hosting our Spiritual Journey Thursday group this month! Find her post and links to others here.