Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving dear friends,

I am so very grateful for each of you! It has been such a joy to journey with you this year – and for many of you it’s been many years… 🙂

I wanted to share this video (one of my favorites) to remember the blessings of this beautiful earth home we have been given.

 


While some of the images on the video are truly awesome — the following poem is a reminder of the small, ordinary things we so often take for granted. As a Thanksgiving prayer practice, you might like to pause and notice the ordinary gifts which quietly bless your life each day…

and say “thanks God!”

in gratitude and love for each of you

~Donna

The Patience of Ordinary Things (Pat Schneider)

It is a kind of love, is it not?

How the cup holds the tea,

How the chair stands sturdy and foursquare,

How the floor receives the bottoms of shoes

Or toes. How soles of feet know

Where they’re supposed to be.

I’ve been thinking about the patience

Of ordinary things, how clothes

Wait respectfully in closets

And soap dries quietly in the dish,

And towels drink the wet

From the skin of the back.

And the lovely repetition of stairs.

And what is more generous than a window?

 

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9 thoughts on “Happy Thanksgiving!

  1. bsmiskoaolcom

    I am preaching on The Healing Power of Gratitude this Sunday the 25th. I may use this poem to remind folks of the simplest ways we are blessed, the ways that are so often missed or taken for granted. As always, thank you Donna for the extra blessing! Bobbi

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    1. ghlstn Post author

      Bobbi~ you are very welcome. I love this poem. It is always good to be reminded of the quiet presence of the small, ordinary gifts of our lives.
      Happy Thanksgiving!

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    2. linhankgraham

      Thank you Donna for the blessings and for this poem. My devotion today talked about God’s small blessings. God lovingly plants little pleasures along our way; ways to brighten our day. He asks us to look carefully for the tiny treasures strategically placed along our path and “pluck” them one by one. Then at the end of the day offer them to Him in grateful Thanksgiving. We will then have gathered a lovely bouquet. Today I reflect on the celebration yesterday and the gifts of sun, warmth, family, friends new and old and the palm trees and live oak trees. (We are in Florida visiting my husband’s family).

      Today, I thank you Lord for everything and strive to trust You at all times.

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      1. ghlstn Post author

        Linda, I love the image of God planting little pleasures – tiny treasures – along our path. So many!! And we notice as we can – gathering them up in a beautiful bouquet, to return to God. Love this. It reminds me of doing the Prayer of Examen. We look back with God over our day, and gather up those little gifts, noticing how God has been with us. Blessings as you are with loved ones in Florida — hope it’s much warmer there!

      2. bsmiskoaolcom

        “God lovingly plants little pleasures along our way; ways to brighten our day. He asks us to look carefully for the tiny treasures strategically placed along our path and “pluck” them one by one. Then at the end of the day offer them to Him in grateful Thanksgiving. We will then have gathered a lovely bouquet.”

        Loved this picture of “plucking” our memories of grateful moments of blessing we experience throughout the day to make a grand bouquet of gratitude. Thank you for the word picture!
        Bobbi

        PS: Could I request that each person who posts signs your name? I find it helpful to know to whom I am responding. That is, if you don’t mind!

      3. ghlstn Post author

        Bobbi~
        Thank you for savoring the shared image of gathering the tiny treasures and plucking them one by one to create a beautiful bouquet. It deepens it for the rest of us as well :).

        I appreciate your request for people to add their names so you can know to whom you are responding. I will add that request to the next blog entry.

        thanks so much~
        Donna

  2. brmckie1

    Your name is always on my lips when I count my blessings, Donna. But now I can add “Sacred Rhythms” to the list of things that bring me joy. Thank you for sharing your amazing gifts!

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    1. ghlstn Post author

      Betty Rae~ I am so happy you are finding “Sacred Rhythms” brings you joy!
      Happy Thanksgiving dear friend – so grateful for you too!
      ~Donna

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  3. sandygracecorby

    This past year been a very difficult one for my family. At times I wondered if the situation woukd leave us split and not talking. But as we sat together at the table i thanked the Lord for each one and for bringing us through, maybe a little battle worn but together.
    He was faithful even when I faltered.
    I can look back now and see where He was in the little things. I miised them at the time but hopefully can be more mindfull of those things now.
    My heart was full of thanksgiving for His blessings this year.
    Sandy

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