Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Gratitude Gifts Today

The anticipation of Advent calms my soul, while all around the world seeks to hurry and worry me away from His presence.  I know that in the calm and the thinking and the quiet and the waiting, I am building my character in His ways.  So I settle into the reflecting and I read wise words of daughters and friends and I know that the way to prepare the heart is to count the blessings in this day - and in every day along the way to Bethlehem.

- Sunday teachings

- His word, the Bible

- familiar faces

- warm handshakes

- planning for caroling in the community

- poinsettias

- Christmas music

- traditions like poppycock

- creating time

- laughter with friends

- cookies

- the imagination of our grandchildren

- a little one's head on my shoulder

- figuring out how to do something totally new

- trips to find gifts

- knowing exactly what to get

- smell of juniper wreath

- time in prayer

- working with kids

- supper

- parcels

- red berries

- Refresh Tazo tea

- that He would come for me

- celebrating His birth

holy experience


  1. Your lists are always so thoughtful. Thank you for sharing so much of yourself with us.

  2. I love that last line "the way to prepare the heart is to count the blessings in this day - and in the every day along the way to Bethlehem." Can you imagine what that road must have been like for Mary, so pregnant and riding on a donkey.
    Caroling in the community takes me back so much to childhood and going around town singing to any and everyone, but especially the seniors nursing home. I remember that so clearly and how appreciative the residents were. I don't think I really understood what it meant for us to go there, for them or us, but I can see it now. I hope you stop there, too.

  3. Anonymous11:15 PM

    I love reading your lists and seeing deeper into your heart. Thank you for sharing who you are with us.

    I downloaded Ann's Parenting Manifesto and one of the points talks about diffusing frustration with gratitude - what a powerful tool it is.