This is a partial description of my gratitude list:
- Raking brightly colored red maple leaves into gigantic piles in the abnormally warm autumn temperatures.
- Family members and sisters recovering from COVID-19.
- Calming relief with the soon-to-be White House residents.
- Remaining employed during this tumultuous pandemic.
- Growing awareness of the countless tragic deaths due to COVID-19 and prayers for their families.
- Praying for our vulnerable sisters and brothers due to violence and climate change.
- Experiencing the pre-dawn quiet and fresh air.
Believing that all is gift from a good and gracious God, one is beckoned to offer thanks and praise even in the midst of the messiness of each day. A gift that we can share with others is the attitude of gratitude and hopefulness in these uncharted times.
Writer Robert Braathe offers this insight: “Gratitude and attitude are not challenges; they are choices.”
With the Thanksgiving holiday upon us, many families are not gathering in person for safety reasons. This new reality invites us to express gratitude for the people in our lives in different ways.
Every day can be a “Thanksgiving Day,” and the German-Dutch diarist Anne Frank wrote it simply and profoundly: “I lie in bed at night, after ending my prayers with the words ‘Ich danke dir für all das Gute und Liebe und Schöne.’ (Thank you, God, for all that is good and dear and beautiful.)”