I’ve loved seeing the trend on Facebook of people listing something they are grateful for each day in November. Just seeing the things my loved ones are giving thanks for gives me a smile. Blessings truly abound.
Early this year I read One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp, in which she relates how literally listing blessings or gifts was in itself, the ultimate blessing, totally transforming her life, her attitude, her outlook. Just saying thanks, it changes everything.
The part of the book that stuck with me more than anything else was the observation that in the Gospels, when Jesus performs a miracle, he always gives thanks first. The miracle follows the gratitude, not the other way around. What an amazing truth. It’s easy be grateful after a miracle, but to have enough grace to be thankful when you’re in need of one? That’s a hard lesson.
The benefits of gratitude are many. A grateful heart can work miracles indeed. The miracle of peace, right where you are. The miracle that joy is always possible, in any moment, because there is always, always something to be thankful for.