Live Gratefully

Let all your works give you thanks, O Lord,
and let your faithful ones bless you.

Psalm 145:11

Perhaps Thanksgiving Week makes me feel this way… As soon as I established my pace for this morning’s walk, feelings of gratitude overwhelmed me. I admit that I am a creature of habit who walks the same route every single time I venture out. Still, the blue sky and the changes in trees which I have seen a hundred times fill me with awe. Every day the barren trees reveal gnarly knots which I failed to notice before. Chirping birds who should be making their way south are the frosting on the cake. Even drizzling rain gives me reason to feel grateful.

Perhaps I am an unwitting student of Creation’s wisdom during my treks outdoors. Perhaps the clouded blue sky that beckons my eyes toward heaven and the trees who continuously raise their arms upward are reminding me to do the same. Their very existence points to God’s glory. Perhaps my existence on this earth is meant to point to point to God’s wonder as well. Like Nature around me, perhaps I am meant to do this with a spirit of gratitude. After all, being a part of God’s creation is a privilege and honor and something for which we can all be grateful.

Generous God, help me to live with a grateful heart. When I appreciate what I have, it is easy to share my gifts with others. Help me to do so as generously as the outdoors with which you bless me so abundantly.

©2014 Mary Penich – All Rights Reserved

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