I have learned a new appreciation for Thanksgiving over the past decade or so. It started with Barbara Rainey’s book on Thanksgiving – a time to remember, and has just grown as an appreciation for the holiday beyond just good food and getting together with family.
Ann Voskamp’s book – 1000 Gifts certainly helped to deepen the meaning. And the weekly (or close to it) activity of listing the gifts God gives serves to keep the gratitude fresh and alive.
I notice things about gratitude now, not just in the weeks and days of preparation for Thanksgiving. But in the daily – well attempt at that – reading of the Bible and how many times giving thanks and being thankful are mentioned.
So, I continue to count gifts as a way of calling my own heart’s attention to the one who provides them:
1544. Keeping perspective on 12-year-old angst
1545. Beautiful blue hue of snowy hills at dusk
1546. Lunch with Roberta – and the encouragement of a listening ear
1547. Good photo shoots (x4 for this week)
1548. Subaru returned to us looking spiffy
1549. J got his first deer – no more worry about not getting one in his first season
1550. Old old case finally settled, with a little money for us.
1551. Social time for J
1552. chat with Holly – catching up and understanding
1553. Helpful neighbor when battery died
1554. Client’s making good decisions
1555. Time with J to run errands and just hang out together in town
1556. Friends willing to loan us a car while Subaru got repaired
1557. Getting a project done in a timely manner when time was of the essence
1558. Attorneys working together to correct an outrageous wrong
1559. Free turkey
1560. Shared needs among friends
1561. eating oranges
1562. music – drums that inspire my boy in particular
1563. growing through my son’s struggles
1564. Playing Christmas music in the car
1565. Making Christmas plans – in my head seeing the celebration and the warmth of a home well prepared
1566. having what we need
1567. Grace when making mistakes – and help resolving them so nobody is inconvenienced.