You see it all the time. Someone gives a young child a gift. Something really big. Or small. And the parent – most often mom – says, “Say thank you”. And the next time…and the next…she’ll say it again. And again. Trying to establish a habit. But that’s a hard lesson…because a young child is focused on the wonder and delight of the gift…not the giver. “Thank you’s” are an interruption in the world of the young.
Part of growing up is learning to say “thank you” without having to be reminded. The words become a common courtesy. But developing a truly thankful heart is a very grown-up lesson. We learn that life is a thousand gifts…or more. Made up of small wonders. Take-it-for-granted daily gifts. Quiet kindnesses to be savored. The warm wonder of an unexpected smile. The satisfaction of a difficult procedure accomplished.
The daily practice of looking for small wonders in the most mundane daily experiences lifts the spirit. A thankful heart looks for and discovers beauty in the small things of life: a quiet, cleansing rain or a shaft of sunlight. In hidden places we can begin to see the hand of God…and our bruised and burdened soul can find unexpected delights that quiet and deepen our caregiving.
Prayer – LORD, open my eyes to your everyday wonders. Teach me to have a deeply thankful heart. Amen
In Loving Memory
Throughout this month, the Caregiver Prayer Team honors Fritz Benning who passed into the presence of his LORD on December 10, 2016. He was a beloved brother in this ministry and one of our founding partners. We commend his wife and family to GOD’s loving care.