Good Morning, God!
Happy Thanksgiving! I went out for a jog this morning — stopping to snap photos, of course. And in uploading them I discovered that I had captured the shadow of a bee that was just leaving the flower. And I even caught the bee itself on the upper left corner.
Such a small thing to be thankful for, God. But, then perhaps Life is a Mosaic of Small Things?
As I consider people suffering from the explosions and violence of war, I grieve, God. Yet, I remember (from experience) that even in Great Suffering there is always something to be thankful for.
Suffering rips away our illusion that we know the future. And upon looking around we can see just how much worse it could have been.
Even in the relatively small suffering of being near the epicenter of an Earthquake in Los Angeles, we were So Thankful we and all our neighbors were ALIVE! Sigh . . . I guess what I am trying to say, God, is that Thankfulness is always available to us. Waiting, as it were, for us to notice.
And if Thanksgiving has another half, that would be Praise. I love Psalm 100:4: Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise. I used to think that being thankful and praising You were “party clothes” that we put on when we went to visit You. But now I see them more as instructions on how to get closer to You.
So, Most Awesome Creator of All that Is — Thank You! And please, God, open up my Innermost Being so that Rivers of Praise may flow out.