i once heard that thanksgiving is about having something to be thankful for and someone to thank.
well, yes. of course.
i have much to be thankful for.
i am called to give thanks in all circumstances. i believe it. even in life's hardest seasons, i have found gifts. an increased hope in what is eternal and true. more grace to cling to and revel in. the loveliness of a friend or a book or a drop of golden sun. i come away with more patience, more love, more compassion and more humility.
it is not fun. i don't have to love the mess.
but in it there can be joy and beauty.
i do not use the terms "joy chooser" and "beauty finder" loosely.
it is essential to give thanks right where i am.
and i have Someone to thank.
He gave me life and Life.
i can't even grasp that enormity.
but i can give thanks to the Giver.
every day can be one of thanks-giving. in fact, if i didn't seek out my blessings daily, my heart would not easily turn to gratitude in late november.
regardless of my mother's gorgeously set table.
and those sweet bird shakers.