|Morning, under clear skies, |
embraced by a timeless sandstone sculpture,
Joan reflects on the beauty of nature.
Returning to our flat, we opened an envelope that a close friend had sent with us - it was not to be opened until Thanksgiving. Inside was a beautiful card with a personal note that was very touching. There was time for me to email a brief thank you note back, before leaving for Sunday duties at St. Margaret's Parish. I shared these words, in part, with our friend...
"Thanksgiving" is such an important matter. Nurturing an attitude of thanksgiving in our lives is really choosing to look at life through a "lens" of gratitude. It's not unlike putting on a pair of glasses, when you don't see very clearly without them. I've found, over the years, that when we do that, everything changes - for the good.
You see, the way we feel in life is more about our "perspective" than it is about the events that actually take place and the realities that form our each and every day. That's why, even when there are challenges and obstacles (even the really big and scary ones), it is possible to stay balanced, grounded, hopeful, and cheerful. I know this is true, from the very bottom of my heart.
The attitude of thanksgiving must be fed and nurtured, however. One of the ways that happens comes through the care and love of others in our lives.
Just like kindness, warmth, and compassion, thankfulness is contagious. We can't help but touch others with an attitude of gratitude. We enrich lives and relationships, and that's always a good thing.
Several hours later, by the time services were concluded at St. Margaret's, the day had changed dramatically. The skies were overcast, the temperatures had dropped, the rain had begun to sprinkle down. None of that really mattered though. The "lens" of thanksgiving remained unchanged. There was still every reason to be thankful for family, for friends, for the beauty of the natural world, and for every opportunity we all have to help make the world a better place. We must continue to believe, that one day, all people everywhere will have reason for thanksgiving.
|Later that same day, the weather had changed - as it can do. :)|
St. Margaret's Parish Church (Forfar) and your's truly,
great to be there for the two-week stint.
And, as always, we're thankful that you stopped by this little blog site. :)
Warm wishes to all, this Canadian Thanksgiving.