“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.”
“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)
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.