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When You Give Thanks

I published this list in last year’s November newsletter. This year I went back and read the list once again. Travel through your day, what, when, and where are the moments of gratitude?

When your alarm summons your consciousness…

When your eyes first open…

When you take your first realized breath…

When your children climb into your bed…

When you smell the coffee brewing downstairs…

When your legs carry you into the kitchen…

When the light switches on…

When you take your first sip of coffee that traveled many miles…

When you hear and feel the furnace warming your house…

When you feel the warmth of the Spirit surrounding you…

When you hand a hot cup of coffee to your beloved and say ‘good morning’…

When you turn on the shower and you experience the eternal cycle of water…

When you feel the warm water on your face…

When you remember the waters of your Baptism and your inclusion in God’s plan…

When you find the perfect shirt to wear…

When you feel content with the closet you have…

When you are nourished at the breakfast table…

When you are nourished by the bread of life at the Table of grace…

When your car starts with the turn of a key (or push of a button)…

When you begin your daily work…

When you see God at work…

When you work as a team…

When you find times of laughter with your co-worker…

When you find times of mid-day sabbath…

When you feel God’s renewal…

When you get the unexpected text, email, or call…

When you finish a good day’s work…

When you join the multitude in traffic traveling to or from their homes…

When your family (or pets!) greet you at the door…

When you eat a warm meal…

When you talk about your day…

When you play on the living room floor…

When you read one more book for goodnight…

When you tuck your family into bed…

When you have time for relaxation…

When you are mindful of the moment…

When you peek in their rooms one last time to cover them up…

When you go through your bedtime routine…

When you crawl into warm sheets…

When your eyes finally close…

When you take your last realized breath…

….Give thanks with a grateful heart.

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