With all the negative narratives running through our daily lives, it’s never been more crucial to develop the habit, the discipline, of thankfulness. Gratitude isn’t just for Thanksgiving. #duh
Reading to Awaken Thanks
As Thanksgiving approaches, you may find yourself inundated with daily thankfulness posts from friends on Facebook and Twitter, or you may be one of those participating in the practice of daily, mindful thanksgiving-via-social media.
Habits of thanksgiving have always been important to me this time of year, as I keep yearly traditions of writing thanksgiving lists and attending church services dedicated to giving thanks. For some reason, however, I’ve struggled this year to focus on what I’m grateful for in the midst of mundane messes.
Fortunately, other people have done the work for me and written it down, so that all I need to do to remember why I am thankful is to read a few pages of one of these wonderful resources for reawakening thankfulness:
This book by Ann Voskamp had a lot of buzz in Christian circles in the last couple of years, but I’ve only recently gotten around to reading it. Now I know what all the fuss is about. This book boasts gorgeous writing that will provoke thought and spur action toward a life of noticing and appreciating the astounding beauty of the day-to-day. It’s a perfect Thanksgiving read.
This Christian classic on the importance of the Christian sacraments does not appear, at first glance, as though it would provoke anything but sleep, never mind thanks. But it is one of my favorite books of all time because it opened my eyes to what 1,000 Awesome Things only hints at and what One Thousand Gifts states more fully: that all of life is shot through with God’s grace. Every beautiful piece of life — every “awesome thing” or “gift” can be received sacramentally — as an interaction with the Divine. This book has been one of the formative books of my life, and I highly recommend it, especially during this season of giving thanks.