This morning I sit in my sacred space gazing out at mountains with fresh snow on the Olympics. It is the first of the season and unlike the deluge that has covered much of the midwest and northeastern U.S. it is also a welcome sight. So I sit with gratitude for the changing of the seasons, and for someone who loves summer and warm weather as much as I do, that is a remarkable fact.
For me, this is a time to look, listen, remember and give thanks and sights like this are so important in helping me to do that. Like many of us I was strongly influenced by Ann Voskamp’s wonderful book One Thousand Gifts. I have a friend with cancer whose expected lifespan is now 1,000 days and so she is posting a blessing from each day to her Facebook friends. It is inspirational, heart breaking and profound all at the same time. It is part of the reason that I have already starting posting thanksgiving prayers here and on the Light for the Journey Facebook page.
Thanksgiving does something too us and to those with whom we share it, that is inspirational and profound. No wonder communion is referred to as the great thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is at the centre of our faith. In fact I think it makes it possible for us to view all things both good and bad through the eyes of faith.
Please take time this weekend and throughout the following week to reflect on all you have to be grateful for. If you would like leave comments on this post of your thanksgivings so that we can enrich each other with our prayers.