– by Mary May Larmoyeux –
Emerson’s words make me wonder, How often do you and I take the everyday blessings of life for granted?
What if we only felt the soft touch of a child’s face … or smelled chocolate chip cookies baking in the oven … or saw a bird soar into the trees, once a year?
What if we could only hear … or see … or taste, once a year?
Just thinking about this makes me very thankful!
But how can we encourage thankfulness in our kids and grandkids? Perhaps we could read them Emerson’s quote about the stars and then recite or list together the simple, everyday blessings of life—ones we often take for granted. We could do this in person, on the phone, or even by e-mail.
If possible, as a family, we could bundle up, go outside, and peer together into a star-filled night. We might recite not only Emerson’s quote about stars, but also verses such as Psalm 147:4: “He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name.”
May our lives overflow with thankfulness … not only on Thanksgiving, but also every single day.
© 2014 by Mary May Larmoyeux.
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Mary is the co-author of The Grandparent Connection: 365 Ways to Connect With Your Grandchild’s Heart.