We’ve all heard the phrase, An Attitude of Gratitude. For the past few days I have been writing about giving thanks and counting my blessings. It is surprising how that has helped me be balanced in my emotions-good and bad. Balance is not a general characteristic of mine. Well, upon second thought, my attitude has leaned heavily on the happily ecstatic side. OK, that puts me in an unbalanced attitude again. Goodness, I lead such an unbalanced life, I don’t even know what balanced feels like.
But that’s fine and dandy with me! After losing Mother in April and Anne in June, happy is the better alternative. Yes, I am setting myself up for a disappointing Christmas Day again-but-Christmas is on Sunday-so-going to church will be a wonderful way to center my mind on the real reason for celebration. And, our Molly will be with us, and it is hard to be around her and not have a smile and a ready laugh. She carries rays of sunshine with her wherever she goes.
The blessings I’ve written about I want to continue.
Psalms 9:1 I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all Your wonderful deeds.
Lamentations 3:23-24 The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is His faithfulness; His mercies begin afresh each morning.
Colossians 2:7 Let your roots grow down into Him, and let your lives be built on Him. Then your faith will grow strong in the Truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.
Psalm 118:24 This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Numbers 6:24-26 The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace.
Today, I will make an ongoing stream of consciousness of anything and everything that pops into my mind for which I’m grateful.
Leaves raining down … candles flickering … cards and letters mailed to me … working in the garden … crackling fires … beach breezes … chocolate … Santa Clause … children’s laughter … singing … playing the piano … my loving husband … coffee in the morning … sunrises … sunsets … spaghetti, my recipe … pickle ball … good health … love of writing … love of reading … crystal prisms making rainbows in my den … teaching … writing, directing, stage design, and children’s joy onstage … long walks outside … porch swings … snow … Mama’s clock chimes … Mama’s chicken salad … pecans … gardenias … tea olives … old church hymns … singing around the piano with my mother and sisters … playing the guitar … camping at Lake Arrowhead … pancakes and bacon … Waffle House … knowing how to sew … thirty-two species of birds that have visited our backyard feeder … squirrels we named McGillicuddy … chipmunks we named Hoover … Lil Mo, my 1976 Postal Jeep … the way my husband has a vocabulary all his own … the songs my husband makes up … campfires … the smell of snow and rain in the air-I can really smell it coming … popcorn … Mother and Daddy … Hartsville … their Sunday School Class at Wesley United Methodist Church … the fact that I met my husband in Sunday School at Fourth Presbyterian Church … GoodWill … Walmart … family gatherings … babies’ noses, toes, lips, and smell after a bath … rain … the sunshine smell of sheets hung on a line … going out for breakfast … warm blankets on a cold day … the smell of chimney smoke in the air … Christmas Cactus … shopping for plants and shrubs … planting plants and shrubs … taking long walks in the woods … riding my bicycle … hot tub baths … taking a shower in our outside hot/cold bamboo shower built by my sweet husband … having a husband that can fix or build anything … learning how to type pretty good … Word software that helps me write … angels … talking with God … writing conversations with God … knowing God is with me and has been with me and will continue to be with me forever. Amen
We Gather Together
Lyrics: Nederlandtsch Gedencklanck; trans. by Theodore Baker
Music: 16th cent. Dutch melody; arr. by Edward Kremser 1838-1914
We gather together
to ask the Lord’s blessing;
He chastens and hastens
His will to make known.
The wicked oppressing
now cease from distressing.
Sing praises to His name,
He forgets not His own.
Beside us to guide us,
our God with us joining,
His kingdom divine;
so from the beginning
the fight we were winning;
Thou, Lord, wast at our side,
all glory be Thine!
We all do extol Thee,
Thou leader triumphant,
and pray that Thou still
our defender wilt be.
Let Thy congregation
Thy name be ever praised!
O Lord, make us free!