the Grace of Thankfulness

“There is so much in the world for us if we only have the eyes to see it,
and the heart to love it, and the hand to gather it ourselves-
so much in men and women, so much in art and literature,
so much everywhere in which to delight, and for which to be thankful for.”

L.M. Montgomery

“The unthankful heart discovers no mercies;
but the thankful heart will find, in every hour,
some heavenly blessings.”

Henry Ward Beecher

(Aunt Martha’s prized antique bronze turkey / Julie Cook / 2017)

As we gather together around this table of ours, to offer up our grateful hearts…
I am keenly, poignantly and even sadly aware as I take notice as to who is not
physically with us this year at our table….

Yet despite our losses and our sufferings, we continue to offer up our thankfulness
and gratitude to our Heavenly Father for all that was,
for all that is and for all that will be…

For it is from Grace that we have each received so very much…
that which far exceeds what we have ever deserved….

May each of you, despite life’s current circumstance, find time to whisper or shout
your words of thanks…..
for each of us, despite this current moment in time, can indeed find
something in which to be grateful…..

Blessings and Peace to all who read these words….

Give thanks to the God of heaven,
For His lovingkindness (graciousness, mercy, compassion)
endures forever.

Psalm 136:26

Be filled with the Spirit; speaking one to another in psalms and hymns
and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord;
giving thanks always for all things in the name of our
Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father.

Ephesians 5:18-20

27 comments on “the Grace of Thankfulness

  1. Dawn Marie says:

    Happy, holy Thanksgiving Julie! And I’m counting my blessings (with whispers & shouts,) to have met you in this cyber-space place!!

  2. says:

    We’ve both experienced the sadness of losing loved ones this year, but just imagine the splendid feast they’re experiencing at the banquet God has prepared for them.

  3. Amen Julie!! Happy Thanksgiving and God Bless you and yours!! 🙂

  4. Wally Fry says:

    Happy Thanksgiving Jukie

  5. hatrack4 says:

    Again, Happy Thanksgiving. Your Aunt Martha’s turkey reminded me of the gravy boat of my youth. Living on a turkey farm, we had turkey salt and pepper shakers and a large turkey gravy boat. You lifted its head off to get to the gravy and there was a notch in the lidt for the spoon. Strange how my memory sees the gravy boat in your picture.

    • My aunt collected all things turkey— I don’t know why but I have followed to a lesser degree- mainly what I inherited from both her and mother— she would have asked what you would have taken for the gravy boat— but it seems I’d given her one years ago 🙂
      Happy thanksgiving Mark!!!!

  6. ColorStorm says:

    Here’s sending you and yours lots of cookiecrumbs…………… 😉

    Happy thanksgiving J; so much to be grateful for indeed.

  7. Tricia says:

    Great words Julie and you are so right, there is always something to be grateful for, probably a billion things at any given time we aren’t even aware of. So true too that it’s time likes this that highlight the loved ones who are not with us. I share a heavy heart with you on this too. Like you said though, blessings abound.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours Julie!

  8. Julie, once again, you express my heart and thoughts so beautifully! Thanksgiving is a time of both joy and sorrow… missing those who have already gone on to heaven, and grateful for those who are still with us. Wonderful post by my wonderful new friend! Happy Thanksgiving, dear Julie! Love and hugs!

  9. SLIMJIM says:

    I hope you had a great Thanksgiving! Thankful for your blog and interacting online this year!

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