Tag: gratitude

A Psalm of Harvest

psalm or prayer for thanksgiving celebrating autumn harvest

a psalm of harvest

God of Bounty, We offer thanksgiving to you in this season of harvest. For the food you created, for the rich soil that sheltered the seeds for the morning sun that warmed them and for the gentle rain that nourished them. We offer gratitude… Continue Reading “a psalm of harvest”

86,400 seconds

blogger’s note: If you’ve been following me for awhile, you willl recognize this post. There are many iterations of it on this site as it is one of my favorites. The season of Thanksgiving is here, one of my favorites, and I’ve begun focusing… Continue Reading “86,400 seconds”

it’s more than a quarter

It’s more than a word of affirmation. It’s more than a smile. It’s more than a handhold. It’s more than a greeting. It’s more than a quarter. I love shopping at Aldi. Where else can you get organic veggies and fruit that don’t break… Continue Reading “it’s more than a quarter”

the gift of words

You, like me, may have chanted this in your childhood: Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never hurt me. Sadly, as an adult, especially in the last handful of years, I have realized that this isn’t the case. Political rhetoric, hate speech, and bullying have all given way to people literally dying… Continue Reading “the gift of words”

small heart, much gratitude

As we enter the week of of my favorite holiday, I thought I would return to some very old posts and be reminded of the spirit of the season. Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a… Continue Reading “small heart, much gratitude”

a psalm of thanksgiving

from my new book Growing Grace: A Book of Psalms Celebrating Creation  Preorder here God of Bounty, We offer thanksgiving to you in this season of harvest. For the food you created, for the rich soil that sheltered the seeds for the morning sun that… Continue Reading “a psalm of thanksgiving”

Walter Rauschenbusch’s prayer for thanksgiving

For the wide sky and the blessed sun, For the salt sea and the running water, For the everlasting hills And the never-resting winds, For trees and the common grass underfoot. We thank you for our senses By which we hear the songs of… Continue Reading “Walter Rauschenbusch’s prayer for thanksgiving”

handprint turkeys and gratitude

For each new morning with its light, For rest and shelter of the night, For health and food, for love and friends, For everything Thy goodness sends. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson Today, I was thinking about handprint turkeys.  Seriously, I was.  Oh, come on, if… Continue Reading “handprint turkeys and gratitude”

let’s thanks-give

Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action.  ~W.J. Cameron Thanksgiving was never meant to be shut up in a single day.  ~Robert Caspar Lintner If you have been following me for awhile, you know that I am a believer in “just be”–not going out… Continue Reading “let’s thanks-give”

lessons learned: the little things

After reposting 86,400 Seconds, I journeyed to my bookshelf and pulled out the gratitude journal that I photographed for that posting.  I looked at list after list after list, and I realized that most of the items on those pages weren’t milestones in my emotional… Continue Reading “lessons learned: the little things”

86,400 seconds

When I first read this quote, I quickly thought, “Ugh, that one sounds like it comes from the front of a greeting card.”  I stopped for a moment and read it again, and that’s when I caught the word “one.”  Not “one” as in… Continue Reading “86,400 seconds”

the spirit of the season

Every year since this act of kindness occurred, I post it in my social media.   I don’t cut and paste the story because retelling it each year grounds me and reminds me who we are called to be, not just in December but all… Continue Reading “the spirit of the season”

a new sense of home: gratitude, grace, and growth

Through the gift of grace and family and friends, my daughter and I are in the process of remodeling our home.  In years past, I might have said “house” as the clutter of stuff and shadows of memories seemed to create a bit of… Continue Reading “a new sense of home: gratitude, grace, and growth”

86,400 seconds: have you used one to say “thank you”

God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today.  Have you used one to say “thank you?”  ~William A. Ward When I first read this quote, I quickly thought, “Ugh, that one sounds like it comes from the front of a greeting card.”  I… Continue Reading “86,400 seconds: have you used one to say “thank you””

lessons learned: handprint turkeys and simplicity

For each new morning with its light, For rest and shelter of the night, For health and food, for love and friends, For everything Thy goodness sends. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson Today, I was thinking about handprint turkeys.  Seriously, I was.  Oh, come on, if… Continue Reading “lessons learned: handprint turkeys and simplicity”

this season, let’s thanks-give

Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action.  ~W.J. Cameron Thanksgiving was never meant to be shut up in a single day.  ~Robert Caspar Lintner If you have been following me for awhile, you know that I am a believer in “just be”–not going… Continue Reading “this season, let’s thanks-give”

early morning turkeys and gratitude

Yesterday as I circled around the neighborhood to my daughter’s boyfriend’s home, I happened upon my first flock of autumn turkeys crossing the road.  In spite of a dreary rainy day, I captured a few photos then sat in the car and observed them… Continue Reading “early morning turkeys and gratitude”

lessons shared with my daughter

Today, my sweet baby girl sheds another year and gracefully takes the next few steps on her life’s journey.  There are days when I’m sure she wishes she could take a few leaps forward and be out in the big, wide world, and there… Continue Reading “lessons shared with my daughter”

prayer on a snowy morning

Even on an official snow day, the dogs woke me up early this morning.  I have been sitting at my kitchen table watching God begin to sprinkle the earth with light snow, as if she were decorating Valentine’s cookies.  The woods fill with a… Continue Reading “prayer on a snowy morning”

small heart, much gratitude

Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude. ~A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh It is Thanksgiving morning, and I am up earlier than anticipated thanks to a cheerful dog who was ready… Continue Reading “small heart, much gratitude”

the gifts of Thanksgiving

If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, “thank you,” that would suffice.  ~Meister Eckhart Autumn is my favorite season, not only for colorful leaves and cooler weather but also because she brings with her Thanksgiving, my favorite holiday.  While most… Continue Reading “the gifts of Thanksgiving”

early morning turkeys and gratitude

This weekend, I’ll be working on my cards so I thought I’d repost in the spirit of the season.~Cameron Do you ever have one of those threads of thought where you begin with one item and end up 8 degrees of separation later at… Continue Reading “early morning turkeys and gratitude”

lessons learned: what handprint turkeys can teach us about simplicity and gratitude

For each new morning with its light, For rest and shelter of the night, For health and food, for love and friends, For everything Thy goodness sends. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson Today, I was thinking about handprint turkeys.  Seriously, I was.  Oh, come on, if… Continue Reading “lessons learned: what handprint turkeys can teach us about simplicity and gratitude”

this season, let’s thanks-give

Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action.  ~W.J. Cameron Thanksgiving was never meant to be shut up in a single day.  ~Robert Caspar Lintner If you have been following me for awhile, you know that I am a believer in “just be”–not going… Continue Reading “this season, let’s thanks-give”

86,400 seconds: have you used one to say “thank you?”

God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today.  Have you used one to say “thank you?”  ~William A. Ward When I first read this quote, I quickly thought, “Ugh, that one sounds like it comes from the front of a greeting card.”  I… Continue Reading “86,400 seconds: have you used one to say “thank you?””

o Gardener of Life

O Gardener of Life, your mercy is steadfast, sure. With care you plant us. You turn the earth around us and water our roots with love. Even when we bear no fruit, year after struggling year, you are patient. Your hope for us leafs… Continue Reading “o Gardener of Life”

Mary Oliver’s The Messenger

The Messenger My work is loving the world. Here the sunflowers, there the hummingbird— equal seekers of sweetness. Here the quickening yeast; there the blue plums. Here the clam deep in the speckled sand. Are my boots old? Is my coat torn? Am I… Continue Reading “Mary Oliver’s The Messenger”

giving thanks for Richard Blanco’s “One Today”

There have been times in my life when the written word has captured such truth, honesty, and hope that I have been brought to tears–Monday was one of them.  Richard Blanco’s inaugural poem “One Today” was planted in my soul on Monday, and so… Continue Reading “giving thanks for Richard Blanco’s “One Today””

prayers learned in the garden (aka gratitude for anne lamott)

I wrote this meditation awhile back and as a part of my meditation time on Thanksgiving this morning, it revisited me.   Help me, help me, help me. Thank you, thank you, thank you. ~Two prayers by Anne Lamott One morning, I headed out… Continue Reading “prayers learned in the garden (aka gratitude for anne lamott)”

a garden meditation for Thanksgiving

Garden Meditation by Rev. Max Coots Let us give thanks for a bounty of people. For children who are our second planting, and though they  grow like weeds and the wind too soon blows them away, may  they forgive us our cultivation and fondly… Continue Reading “a garden meditation for Thanksgiving”

“thanksgiving:” a word of action

Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action.  ~W.J. Cameron Thanksgiving was never meant to be shut up in a single day.  ~Robert Caspar Lintner If you have been following me for awhile, you know that I am a believer in “just be”–not going… Continue Reading ““thanksgiving:” a word of action”

lessons learned: handprint turkeys, simplicity and gratitude

For each new morning with its light, For rest and shelter of the night, For health and food, for love and friends, For everything Thy goodness sends. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson Today, I was thinking about handprint turkeys.  Seriously, I was.  Oh, come on, if… Continue Reading “lessons learned: handprint turkeys, simplicity and gratitude”

gratitude for this day

I thank You God for most this amazing day: for the leaping greenly spirits of trees and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything which is natural which is infinite which is yes. . . how should tasting touching hearing seeing breathing… Continue Reading “gratitude for this day”

the secret of time

Giving thanks for the moment is the only way to glimpse eternity. ~Modern meditation from Seville, Spain

early morning turkeys and thoughts on Thanksgiving

Today begins my favorite season: Thanksgiving.  While I try to live a life of gratitude all year long,  it has been my tradition to celebrate the “season” of  Thanksgiving starting November 1.  I am reposting this one from last Spring because it seemed like… Continue Reading “early morning turkeys and thoughts on Thanksgiving”

86,400 seconds: will you use one to say “thank you?”

God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today.  Have you used one to say “thank you?”  ~William A. Ward When I first read this quote, I quickly thought, “Ugh, that one sounds like it comes from the front of a greeting card.”  I… Continue Reading “86,400 seconds: will you use one to say “thank you?””

lessons learned: mint and gumption

This morning on my brief stroll to pick kale for the girls, I glanced around the veggie beds.  How empty everything seems, even with greens and cover crops.  I miss the bright red tomatoes and climbing green beans that welcomed me each morning as… Continue Reading “lessons learned: mint and gumption”

harvest time

It’s harvest time, It’s harvest time, How rich is nature’s yield In fruit of earth And bush and tree, From orchard, farm and field. It’s autumn time, It’s autumn time, When leaves turn gold and red. In smiling sky And land and sea God’s… Continue Reading “harvest time”

goin’ on a ride

Yesterday, after spending several hours cleaning out flower beds and planting cover crops, I decided that I was goin’ on a ride.  The sun’s golden light still dripped from the autumn leaves, and the temperature bordered on sweater weather.  Perfect! When I was a… Continue Reading “goin’ on a ride”