Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Deciding to be Thankful
Last night I had a bit of a drive for a work presentation, and I was in the car by myself. I forget how rare it is to be in car by myself till it happens, and then I think... "wow, this is kinda nice". So I turned off the radio and sang with all my heart.
The song I started with was "For the Beauty of the Earth" because I had recently heard that it was a Thanksgiving based song, and I found it to be so true. It also reminded me of Little Women, when one of the sisters gets married, Amy I think.
Please follow me through on this little journey through my brain here, so thinking of Little Women brought me to Christmas and then to Christmas Carols. For the rest of my drive I sang Christmas carols, and I must say I was surprised at how many second verses I know and just how many songs I know! For that I must say a huge thanks to Lowell Birkey and Waldo Mennonite Church for the years and years of Christmas caroling as a child - I can still vividly remember some of the homes we caroled at and the hot chocolate that followed.
After singing the carols and thinking how thankful I was for Lowell I was reminded to consider all the things that I am truly thankful to God for this holiday...
I am thankful for my extended family that love and care about me.
I am thankful for my husband whose silliness and love I can fully depend on.
I am thankful that there are more sunny days than gray days, but I am also thankful that the gray days come to remind me of how good we have it.
I am thankful for hobbies that bring me and others joy.
I am thankful for friendships that remind me I am an unique individual in this community of volunteers.
I am thankful for the wonder of agriculture, that our food grows up from the ground and for the men and women that work to provide it.
I am thankful that I know what it means to be loved.
What are you finding yourself thankful for?