With eyes sparkling, my grandson came to the door, cookie in hand, and grinned through the window. He waved at me with his free hand and then pointed to the cookie.
“Thanks, Bam!” he shouted and with a leap, he was off the deck and on to more important business, but the moment stopped me in my tracks, because his smiling-eyed joy was contagious, and the gift of gratitude he flashed through streaked window glass stayed with me like a benediction.
Joshua Choonmin Kang has put words around my feeling of that day and extended them to probe my own practice of thanksgiving:
“Gratitude is an expression of appreciation, an articulation of what we have received. Like a receipt, our gratitude is evidence of the transaction of grace from God.”
Holding the receipt of my grandson’s gratitude in my hand, I wonder… could it be that what we all need in November of 2020 is a new lexicon for our language of gratitude?
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My grandson’s simple “Thanks, Bam” opens my heart to the need for a more spontaneous expression of gratitude to God. My imagination challenges me to find words to treasure the small things, for the ordinary miracles of cold drinking water and a chair in the sunshine. I want to slow down for prayer and to stake out moments for pondering the latitude of suffering and the longitude of glory that crisscross through my every day.
A spirituality that is founded in gratitude is anchored securely by roots that have been sent deep into God’s love and will result in a life that reflects God’s “image with ever-increasing glory.” Let’s get started…
What are you grateful for today?
Inviting you into the music of gratitude,
The Build-Your-Library Book Give Away!
If you’ve been meaning to enrich your reading life with more books written by Christian women, this is your opportunity to win twelve books written by women of faith (and fellow members of the Redbud Writers Guild). Covering a wide range of topics and genres, the give away includes:
The God Dare by Kate Battistelli
The View from Goose Ridge by Cheryl Bostrom
*Making Marriage Beautiful by Dorothy Greco
*Mythical Me by Richella Parham
Finding Holy in the Suburbs by Ashley Hales
*First Ask Why by Shelly Wildman
Beyond Awkward Side Hugs by Bronwyn Lea
*A Prayer for Orion by Katherine James
Mom Seeks God by Julia Roller
Always There by Anne Peterson
*Soul Strong by Lucinda Secrest McDowell
No More Fear by JoHannah Reardon
The asterisk means it’s a book I’ve reviewed here at Living Our Days, and you can click on the title to learn more.
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