Happy Thanksgiving to my fellow Canadians! We have so much to be thankful for on this journey: big, life-encompassing things along with the little daily shards of glory we encounter.
Some of the big things I'm thankful for . . .
- My amazing Savior, whose depth I couldn't plumb even in a thousand lifetimes. For Him I am grateful.
- My family. They are Home and Love and a Safe Place to Be. I am grateful for them.
- My friends. People who 'get' me, on whichever level our friendship is--they know me. I know them. I am grateful.
- Health. I'm grateful.
- A nation in which I can worship God freely, contribute to how the country is run, and live in relative safety. I'm grateful.
- Every single church service, message, book, devotional, or Bible study that has given me something to chew on. I'm grateful.
And there are hundreds of little things that bring a smile of thanks to my face. If I tried to list them all, we'd be here for days and I still wouldn't be done. Lately I've been thankful for . . .
- The sound of a friend's voice over the phone.
- Yellow leaves whirling down to rest on the front lawn.
- A bicycle ride.
- A shared joke.
- Soft carpet beneath my bare toes.
- The smell of coffee grounds.
- Songs that perfectly express how I feel.
- Blank notebook pages waiting to be written in.
- Flowers still blooming in mid-October.
- Happy customers at work.
- Buttered fresh bread.
- A favorite scarf.
- Compliments given and received.
- The beautiful browns and burgundies and golds and reds of autumn.
- Sleeping in and lingering over breakfast with my family.
- A stack of books.
- My sisters' giggling across the house.
- Conversations with my brother.
- The voice of a cello filling the vehicle as I drive home from work.
- A movie that instantly becomes one of those happy places, a comfort film you know you'll watch again whenever you need a pick-me-up.
- A stunning sunrise.
- And all of you readers and commenters--I'm thankful for you!
It's been said that if you wake up in the morning complaining, you'll have little time to be thankful. But if you wake up and choose to be thankful, you'll find you have little time for complaining. It's all about your outlook. You may not be able to change your circumstances or the people around you, but you can control how you see them.
"In everything, give thanks . . ." Not for everything (we aren't thankful for catastrophe or illness or strife), but in everything. In the midst of the struggle or heartache, we can find something worth being thankful for. And when we do, we'll find the hard times much easier to bear.
What big or small things are you grateful for today?