So I have been keeping my list, daily writing down things that I am grateful for, giving thanks and glory to God for. The simple beautiful things that I see around me everyday and some that I admit until really looking did not. I asked my daughter who is off at University why it is she thinks, at 19 years of age it is important to be thankful? I was waiting for a big, long, wordy (she is her mothers daughter after all) explanation and this is what she said;
“I think it is important to be thankful because there is so much we could be living without and we shouldn’t take what we have for granted.”
Now here’s a kid that has seen much and seen little so I know when she says to me that there is so much we could be living without she KNOWS that reality because she has seen it and been awakened by it, yet the words, so easily spoken, not some long detailed over analyzed answer, hit me hard with how plain, how matter of fact, how simple they are. When she asked her roommates they said things like sleep, I am thankful for sleep. For friends and that they always have my back. Being thankful is important; it encourages you and reminds you of all you have reminds you to appreciate them, things and people; simple, yet profound to this mom.
I think I try to make this thankfulness thing more complicated than it is, I just need to look at the immediate and notice it, what’s wrapped up in it and give thanks for that. Big things will come, for sure I am expectant of that but I also need to be expectant that in the small simple things big things are hidden and those things are beautiful and worth seeing and counting as gifts. Today I am thankful for sleep, for my pillow, that I have a pillow. I am thankful that I woke up today in less pain than I went to sleep with. I am thankful for the shredded cheese I can buy and therefore don’t have to worry about my fingernails being part of the dish I might be preparing for you, I’m thankful that I can choose what outfit to wear – that there is more than one. I am thankful that in November my doors and windows can be wide open, I am thankful I have doors and windows to open. I am thankful for texting, yes texting as I can keep in touch with someone who is a plane ride away. I am thankful that I can be thankful and that it isn’t about the best and the biggest thing that really it is just about the thing, whatever it is in this moment that I have the opportunity to live with instead of without and not taking a minute of it for granted. I am thankful for my daughter who in a few simple words reminded me of what it is to be thankful.
“We all live off his generous bounty, gift after gift after gift.” John 1:16 Msg