Next week we celebrate Thanksgiving. As I began reflecting on my many blessings and making a list of things to be grateful for, I realized we often mention the “big” ones (which we should) like knowing Jesus Christ or our family. Then I thought how often we just take much for granted without stopping to be grateful. Things that are “small” in and of themselves, but that add so much to our life.
So, here’s my 10 things I am thankful for this year.
- The freshly fallen snow outside my patio window.
- The birds gathered around the birth bath.
- The sound of the children’s laughter playing next door.
- The leftover chocolate bar I found in my daughter’s collection of Halloween candy. (Don’t tell her I took it.)
- The smell of clean sheets taken from the dryer.
- Holding my husband’s hand under the covers as I drift off to sleep.
- Finding reruns of the Flip Wilson show on YouTube.
- The smell of the apple pie as it comes from the oven.
- Texts I get with pictures of great grandchildren who live in other states.
- My Amazon package bringing me more coffee from around the world.
As I look at this list I realize it reflects the many “big” blessings for which I am thankful. Eyes that can see, ears that can hear, the ability to taste and smell. Family. Finances enough to be able to have food, entertainment, a home.
How often do I just take those things for granted.
This week my prayer is:
Lord, thank you for my eyesight and the beauty I can see each day; for my hearing and the joy of my family’s voices, the music and the bird’s songs; all my senses that help me experience and enjoy the world you have made. Thank you for being able to get out of bed each morning, dress myself and take care of my needs. Thank you for my every breath that keeps me alive. For the love of family and friends which make life worth living. Thank you for another day of life. One more day to love and be loved. One more day to laugh and maybe even cry. One more day to know You better.
And may my gratitude not be a momentary thing as we approach Thanksgiving, but may I be more aware of all my blessings each and every day. Amen.