Chris and I took a long drive to see my Aunt Joan today.
The fall leaves were beautiful and the rolling hills were breathtaking. We spent a good deal of the afternoon quietly appreciating this amazing country that we are so blessed to live in. Without a doubt, this is my favourite time of the year – this season seems to pass much too quickly.
At one point, I asked Chris to think of five things that he was thankful for and I did the same. It was a good conversation – to acknowledge all that God has provided, to thank Him for difficult times, to reflect on our family, our marriage and our home and our friends.
A grateful heart makes life look very different. The mundane is no longer mundane, the small things become bigger and a full day of life, breath and movement is not taken for granted. Our words become softer and our pace becomes slower. Our demanding spirit de-escalates and our grace towards others enlarges.
Thankfulness changes us mightily. Thankfulness opens us up to a bigger, more colorful and more detailed world.
There are endless opportunities to thank God.
You say grace before meals. All right. But I say grace before the concert and the opera, and grace before the play and pantomime, and grace before I open a book, and grace before sketching, painting, swimming, fencing, boxing, walking, playing, dancing and grace before I dip the pen in the ink. G.K. Chesterton
The LORD is my strength and shield. I trust him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving.” Psalm 28:7