By +Jeanne Takenaka @JeanneTakenaka
With this being the week we celebrate Thanksgiving in the United States, I thought it fitting to keep the post a little shorter and to meditate on gratitude.
Many thoughts filter around the internet about being thankful. This one from Dietrich Bonhoeffer stirs my spirit.
We have been given much. How often do we take time to 1) think about the many small gifts that enter into our day and 2) take time to acknowledge them with a thankful heart?
Whether the gratitude is for . . .
—each breath we take
—a car that runs
—a person who truly loves us—even when we’re unlovely
—a blue sky after a storm
—the beauty left behind after snow falls
—pets that are unfailingly loyal
—the hug of a child, or spouse, or friend
—food on the table
—a roof over our heads
—God’s grace strengthening us
. . . we should be purposeful in acknowledging each gift.
We give of ourselves to those around us. This is good. But, let’s also take time to thank our Father for the many, many gifts He gives each day.
Whether we have a lot or we have little in terms of material goods, we have been given much by our Father. When we take time to thank Him for what He’s given, our lives become rich.
When we choose gratitude, I believe peace is a byproduct of this practice.
As we celebrate Thanksgiving in the United States, my hope is that you can truly enter into a place of giving thanks for what you have been given.
What about you? What is one gift—big or small—you are thankful for? Do you have any Thanksgiving traditions you care to share?