My youngest son rested in his car seat directly behind me as I opened a bag of Sun Chips and then shifted into drive. Getting up to speed, I eased my hand into the bag. But before the chip made to to my mouth, a little voice from the back said, “Daddy?”
“Yes?” I answered.
“Pray,” he said.
To him, it must have seemed like an unspoken rule.
“Saying grace.” “Asking the blessing.” “Giving thanks.” Whatever you call it, let it be about gratitude. If we cannot find some genuine measure of gratitude as we pray, then we miss the benefit. It is difficult to be thankful and bitter at the same time. It’s hard to identify a list of things for which you are grateful without setting aside anger, cynicism, or anxious thoughts.
G.K. Chesterton said, “Gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.”
Eckhart Tolle remarked that, “Acknowledging the good you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.”
If you are not thankful for what you have, then you probably won’t be grateful for what may come you way. Take a moment today to make a top ten list of what deserves your gratitude.
Here’s a list of some of my favorite things.
(Schnitzel with noodles did not make the cut.)
- The quiet of a full house before dawn
- My wife’s eyes as she laughs
- The sweet smell of Hemlocks on the Chimneys trail in the Smoky Mtns.
- Rabbit-eye blueberries in sourdough pancakes
- Pithy wit
- Pavarotti singing Puccini
- The promise of a new book cued-up in my Kindle
- A mandolin played in new grass style
- A true story, well-told, with embellishment
- A sincere compliment about one of my children
What would you add from your list? (click comment)
1 Thessalonians 5:18