Everything we have in life is a gift. E.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g.
Nothing should taken for granted. I could lose my sight tomorrow. My hearing. My fingers that enjoy skipping across piano keys and harp strings. My voice that loves to sing.
Am I truly grateful? Have I thanked God for these instruments that I use every day, more than a thousand times a day?
A fellow blogger advocates keeping a running list of gratefulness... 1,000 Gifts. While I have not yet read Ann's book 1,000 Gifts, I am an occasional reader of her blog.
And I fell in love with her emphasis on gratefulness... So I join in...
1. A friend loses her baby. I still enjoy my little granddaughter every day.
|Elaine Morie Bender, waiting in heaven|
2. An acquaintance's spouse is about to go to jail. I have a wonderful, faithful man who loves and daily provides for me.
3. People around the world have no shelter... I enjoy the warmth of a fireplace on a frozen winter evening. They scrounge for food... I am warmed and filled. Their only clothes are on their back... I have a closetful.
|Filipino boy starts his own fire.|
(photo, Victoria Wonser, missionary in the Philippines)
4. Many around the world sleep outside because they have no bed or home. I have a warm bed with beautiful blankets I love.
|Philippines graveyard: |
Missionary friends saw a man sleeping here
and many living here in a graveyard.
(photo, Victoria Wonser)
5. A family of seven children including a newborn loses their mother at age 39. I am 39 and I can still call or email my own mother any time.
What are you grateful for?
Will you notice and give thanks for the thousands of gifts God has placed all around you?