– by Mary May Larmoyeux – “If the stars came out only once a year, everyone would stay up all night just to watch,” said poet Ralph Waldo Emerson. Of course, that’s because the display of celestial light would be cherished then, because it would be so uncommon.
As Thanksgiving nears, I can’t help but think of Emerson’s words and wonder, How often do you and I take the common 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 … just one time every year? What if we could only hear … or see … or taste on Thanksgiving Day? What if we did not have the freedom to praise God in a house of worship?
God showers His blessings on us day after day, but how often do we stop in the rush of life to pause and simply say, “Thank You!” ?
As Thanksgiving nears, my husband Jim and I are trying to be more intentional about writing down everyday blessings of life. We are jotting them in a special journal that we have on our dining room table. Perhaps soon, on a star-filled Thanksgiving night, we will gaze together at God’s dazzling night lights and thank Him for all that He does in our everyday lives.
The wonder of the universe is truly mind-boggling when you think of the sun and moon and stars. As Psalm 147:4-5 says, “He determines the number of the stars; he gives to all of them their names. Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure.”
May our lives overflow with thankfulness … not only as we celebrate Thanksgiving Day, but also on every single day of our lives.
How do you cultivate a spirit of thankfulness in your home?
Copyright © 2015, 2016 by Mary May Larmoyeux. All rights reserved.
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