Thankfulness despite our circumstances.
Some times the Thankfulness comes in a long list.
We spout off a litany of things we are grateful for.
Almost as an after thought.
Food, family, shelter.
As if we take them for granted.
We expect to be Thankful for them.
Yet our basic Thankful list is often the hearts cry of others.
Those longing for shelter.
The cry of a mom for a child.
The basic need of food and water agonizingly not met.
Grief amidst war torn areas.
Yet gratitude flows.
Despite their circumstances.
People marginalized yet thanks and joy radiate.
How can this be?
Our college girl has traveled to least of these.
She has held in her arms bundles of miracles.
She has seen gratitude and joy despite deplorable conditions.
She has seen grit and determination.
Creativity where materials are scarce.
Our circumstances should not dictate our joy or gratitude.
Out of the love Christ has for us flows the deep gratitude.
Rooted in the Ancient Words.
Born out of a life of practice of thankfulness.
We have so much yet, depression and complacency are often our companions.
God gives us hearts overflowing with his love.
Despite the circumstances.
As this season of Giving Thanks turns to Advent – the season of waiting and expectation, may we truly be expectant.
May we live wide open ready for what God will do.
He will show us new and glorious things.
Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’
He will comfort our aches.
He will give us new eyes to see.
He can give us deep joy, despite our circumstances.
The journey is not over.
There is still much to discover about living gratefully.
Thank you for joining us on this journey.
Thank you for your comments and private messages about your personal gratitude.
We all need each other.