I always have a lot to be thankful for! Whether I recognize it or acknowledge it or not – that’s the question! But today, this Monday morning, I truly recognize and acknowledge the many ways my life is so blessed!
I have work that I love doing – Safe Sanctuary, The Study, teaching college courses, and the years of pastoral work that enriched my life in so many ways. I also have volunteer church work that gets lost in the shuffle of paid work too many times but that has broadened my world and brought me new connections and friends in so many ways! I have good health (although after last week’s check-up there will be a little less cholesterol in my future… ‘nough said…) and even the parts that don’t work well anymore still function better than I have any right to expect!
And I have family and friends that I love. Last weekend, that became so very clear as our children (and grandson – poor granddaughter had to work!) helped up put together a 25th Anniversary Potluck Picnic in Central Park! The planning, preparing, shopping, cooking, carrying, lifting, toasting, photographing/videoing, setting up, cleaning up – and just general love, care, and support – were amazing!
The wonderful Rev. Micah Bucey created a great framework for us to renew our commitment to each other by reclaiming our vows for the next 25 years! Our son-in-law made a toast that had us all struggling not to cry! And our friends – those present and those who couldn’t be – reminded us of all the reasons we have to celebrate!
And I have a husband that I adore, who, after 25 years, I still can’t imagine breathing without, and who I rest confident in every day. And together we have a God who supports our life and our love with grace and mercy at every moment!
There’s a form of prayer called the Examen of Grace. It’s usually done at the end of a day by mentally walking through that day with God, trying to see the day with God’s eyes. It includes being grateful for moments of love, moments that were less than loving, and looking forward to the grace needed for the next day. On Saturday (and Sunday!) I was too tired to do that but today, this morning, I am looking back and seeing nothing but love and knowing that every grace I need for tomorrow has already been given.
I pray for you to have that same kind of love obvious in your life today and every day!
PS: Here’s a photo of the lovely little section of Central Park we called ours for a few hours!