-by Mary May Larmoyeux- Are our lives filled with thankfulness? The following words of Poet Ralph Waldo Emerson encourage me to be more intentional about making thankfulness a regular part of my life.
“If the stars came out only once a year,” he said, “Everyone would stay up all night just to watch.”
Yes, if the stars only came out once a year, the display of celestial light would be cherished. But how often do we take the common everyday blessings of life for granted?
Imagine 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”?
Being more intentional about thankfulness
How can we be more intentional about realizing the everyday blessings of life? When our kids were young, we tried to jot down everyday blessings in a special journal that we had on our dining room table. And now I try to keep an ongoing list of blessings in my phone.
Blessings are all around us. Just look at our universe. It’s truly mind-boggling when you think of the sun and moon and stars and how they all work together. “He determines the number of the stars,” says Psalm 147:4-5. “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 … and not only as we celebrate Thanksgiving Day.
How do you help yourself and your family recognize the everyday blessings of life?
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