Giving Thanks (from the heart)

I’ve learned as of late that it’s not so very difficult to give thanks, even in the midst of hardship. God has surrounded us by so much goodness and beauty that it’s hard to ignore. When you’re broken, seeing the little things can be strangely easier. But even though we can appreciate those things which make us thankful, we need to take the harder step and live and speak and love in a constant spirit of giving thanks.

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks…

It’s true that…

I’m thankful for my home, my family, food, winter gardens, and sunshine. I’m thankful for my church, my country, and for God who loves me.

but it’s also true that…

I’m thankful for tears that really do heal. For a daughter who will tell me about her day, read to me the poems she writes, and play the piano early in the morning, filling the house with music.

I’m thankful for a small patch of grass, where I can spread a blanket and breathe some fresh air in the afternoon when I’m all done and can’t keep going. Grass, right here in my backyard, all cool, and inviting, and where miniature pinecones hide, and where John Ronan comes and plays all around me.

I’m thankful for matches that light on the first strike–a whole box of them, and just how easy it is to light a candle and say a prayer. I’m thankful for the people who pray for me.

I’m thankful for a long, wool, cozy sweater, that has given me warmth and a sense of safety these last few weeks.

I’m thankful for Carla who brought soup (twice!), for Viktoria who brought a vase of freesias, and for friends who have allowed me to say no to things during this busy season.

I’m thankful for hardship. Even though it’s HARD, you learn all sorts of things about being weak and being strong, and a little bit about being both at the same time.

I know that you, too, have a whole list of things for which you are thankful. Bless you…

But, let’s try to remember, you and me, to allow that spirit of giving, of giving thanks, to sit at the forefront of our hearts. So that when we’re cooking, and gathering with our family and friends, that our words

and actions

reflect the real thanksgiving that sits quietly inside us.

Happy Thanksgiving, dear friends…

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10 thoughts on “Giving Thanks (from the heart)

  1. I am Thankful for You Jane..for always putting life in perspective. I am definitely guilty of getting caught up in my own drama and I really have so much to be grateful for! Thanks for reminding me…Love you so much. Have a Blessed Thanksgiving.

  2. I rarely comment, Jane. But I wanted to let you know that in my quiet visits here, I’m always filled with joy. Thank you for sharing your heart. May you have a joyous and blessed thanksgiving.

  3. I’m super thankful that you put up pictures of this fabulous plate!!! Where did you get it?!?!? It looks like the artist is named ‘Hedi Keller’. Is that right?

    Happy Thanksgiving Jane!! (I know I’ve already said that, but there you have it again. . .)

  4. Even though the scene on the plate isn’t in winter, the setting, with the animals and children, reminds me a lot of this very old Canadian Christmas carol, it’s called The Huron Carol: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6IG6F6E5Ac

    It was written by a Jesuit missionary to the Huron natives. The words are beautiful. In the above version the first verse is in Huron, then she sings in French, then English. I think you’ll like it.

    I love the plate too.

  5. Lately I’ve been musing about having a thankful heart and about gratitude in general, and am coming to the conclusion (finally!!!) that it is one of the main ingredients in drawing near to the heart of God and of one another…and to ourselves. As the year draws to a close and I begin to ponder my focus/prayer for 2012, I think it’s going to be to enter more fully into the heart of being thankful. Your thoughts here are very helpful to me in this regard, Jane. Thank you, once again, for inspiring me.

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