In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, I am feeling acutely aware of the many things for which I must give thanks to God. May I never take for granted these simple blessings, without which I would be lost:
• my family, friends, colleagues, teachers—all the beloved people in my life;
• my home, a safe shelter that even (bonus!) has hot running water and a cozy woodstove;
• clean water to drink, to wash, and keep this cozy shelter clean;
• nourishing food to eat, and to feed my child when she is hungry;
• good health—a body strong enough that illnesses tend to be minor inconveniences rather than crises.
Even as I take note of these blessings, I am aware that our blessings from God are too numerable to count. Our very lives and breath come from God. I do not pretend to be able to note all of my blessings; rather, I want to lift up a spirit of gratitude.
On November 22, we will observe Thanksgiving Day in the U.S. As a step toward observing thanksgiving every day, throughout November I will be making a series of posts about gratitude. Sometimes the post will be a brief list, and other times it might be a more lengthy reflection. I welcome your comments, or links to blogs where you also are trying to lift up a spirit of gratitude.
May God help us to be aware of our blessings and to be grateful, ever grateful.