I love Thanksgiving. The art of giving thanks, of living from a heart overflowing with gratitude, is the most powerful act of the human will. Gratitude broadens the spirit, magnifies beauty, and glorifies its Creator.
"Gratitude to God becomes the Way in which He is remembered, for Love cannot be far behind a grateful heart and a thankful mind."
A prayer of thanks before we feasted.
We also made our favorite Thanksgiving craft, a chain-link anchor of our ancestors attached to a Mayflower. Sixteen generations, from William and Mary Brewster down to Lorelei and Gryffy.
I was in charge of the craft, which got me out of cooking (no complaints, here)! All the kids wrote down what they were grateful for on leaves, and we made a Thankful Tree. Here Renee is helping Emmy.
This one may be my favorite:
I'm thankful for the Holy Spirit's presence and witness in my life. I've been untethered from Him for a while, blocked by unforgiveness. And just this week, within minutes of extending mercy, I had another significant encounter with Him (in the form of a stranger who had Rhema words for me--she and I both recognized the gift of our meeting that morning, and neither of us had a dry eye. It was beautiful).
I'm thankful for my husband, the steady force in my life. For all the ways he helps out around the house, listens to my thoughts in the middle of the night, wrestles and plays with our kids and always, always gives them attention abundant.
I'm thankful for my Lorelei, the beautiful girl who cares so much about others. She brings so much creativity to our home, working with her hands, coloring the world in rainbows, making things more lovely with her touch, her look, her toothless grin.
I'm thankful for my Gryffin John, the handsome boy who lives fully in joy, and sprinkles it abundant on everyone around him. His imagination takes me everywhere, and stretches mine. And he loves to laugh--it's his magic. And I love those smiles.
I'm thankful for Mr. Tubbins, the snuggly little bunny who asks for nothing and yet gives so much.
I'm thankful for family, that God has placed us together to learn and grow together in the ups and downs and the all-arounds of life.
I'm thankful for our brave ancestors who birthed this country in freedom, fought in a Revolution and World War, faced accusers in a crucible and pioneered this land.
I'm thankful for America, and for all the amazing opportunities I've had to go beyond its shores. My wings.
Walls for the wind and a roof for the rain.
Music; for senses that receive beauty and allow me to encounter God's brilliance.
For friends. For our church family. For the community here that I love.
For books and an insatiable hunger to learn. For education.
And for many, many other (countless) blessings. I breathe a prayer of thanks throughout my days, the constant prayer on my lips. Thank you, God. Because in gratitude, I find Him.