I like to start my mornings off with a prayer. It’s not always the pious affair you might imagine though. Just this morning I hit my knees with the clear intention of leveling a few solid complaints at the universe. It struck me, however, somewhere between arm folding and head bowing, that launching my petition to the Almighty with a list of grievances might not be my best move. So, I switched strategies, never mind omniscience, and rolled out a few thank-you’s first.
What happened next was unexpected. As I followed the old adage to count my many blessings and name them one by one, I found my list growing ever longer. After only a few minutes of contemplating the things I have to be grateful for, the blessings and tender mercies sent my way, I no longer felt the need to present my grievances at the altar. I could see God’s hand in my life after all. I rose from my knees feeling both humbled and profoundly grateful.
When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude. G.K. Chesterton
This week, heading into this season of gratitude and thanksgiving, I am ready to count my many blessings with a more grateful heart. I’m also ready to eat a lot of delicious food on my favorite holiday of the year.
Let’s get started with Greek Stuffed Acorn Squash! [Read More...]