Thanks Giving For Our Ordinary Life
As tomorrow is Thanksgiving, I’m quite sure everyone will be flooded with words of thankfulness, at least I hope so. I also hope that doesn’t only happen on Thanksgiving. I know I’m beyond grateful that I’m married to a man that tells me quite often how grateful he is for me. And I believe we try our hardest to give our kids an attitude of gratitude. I know, it sounds cheesy, but, it can’t be helped.
I feel extremely grateful. Especially for the “insignificant” happenings of everyday life. In the middle of the night, when your 9 month old starts waking up three times every night to eat..I’m careful to not complain in such moments, because I think those are the most important and sometimes the most trying moments, when no one is watching. And if I do complain, I’m always sure to say sorry to our Lord. He is giving us the opportunity to forge our character and grow, and what better time to practice virtue than when you’re tired or hungry. He gave us the perfect example of this, after all. I’m grateful we have a warm house she gets to wake up in, and that I have the means to satisfy her hunger, that I have her, and for the loving family I’m surrounded with everyday. I’m grateful.
Not just in November. All year long. I remind myself that so many families and children don’t have such basic needs met; a warm house, clean water, nourishing food, a loving family. That so many sinners didn’t get a chance to tell God they’re sorry. That so many people don’t have the faith. I could go on. But yes to all of this! This is why I focus on joy. Because unlike happiness, circumstances can never steal your joy if you have faith, if you have God.
I wanted to share todays reading from my favorite daily devotional, Imitation Of Christ, (If you don’t have a copy of this add it to the list of must haves!)these are so short and powerful, a 5 minute or less read every morning makes a world of difference for me and I hope it sets the mood for your day/week too…especially if you get to have a super long weekend!
Son, I have said, Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you; not as the world giveth do I give unto you. -John XIV.27.
Peace is what all desire; but all care not for those things which appertain to true peace.
My peace is with the humble and meek of heart. Thy peace will be in much patience.
If thou wilt hear Me and follow My voice thou shalt enjoy much peace.
What then shall I do, Lord?
In everything attend to thyself, what thou art doing, and what thou art saying; and direct thy whole intention to this, that thou mayst please Me alone, and neither desire nor seek anything outside of Me.
And as for the sayings or doings of others, judge of nothing rashly, neither busy thyself with things not committed to thy care, and thus may it be brought about that thou shalt be little or seldom disturbed.
But never to feel any trouble, nor to suffer any grief of heart or pain of body, is not the state of this present life, but of everlasting rest.
Think not , therefore, that thou hast found true peace if thou feel no burden; nor that then all is well if thou hast no adversary, nor that thou hast attained to perfection if all things be done according to thy inclination.
Neither do thou conceive a great opinion of thyself, nor imagine thyself to be especially beloved, if thou experience great devotion and sweetness; for it is not in such things as these that a true lover of virtue is known, nor doth the progress and perfection of a man consist in these things.
In what then, O Lord?
In offering thyself with thy whole heart to the will of God, not seeking the things that are thine, either in little or great, either in time or eternity.
So that with the same equal countenance thou mayst continue giving thanks, both in prosperity and adversity, weighing all things with an equal balance.
If thou come to be so valiant and long-suffering in hope, that when interior comfort is withdrawn thou canst prepare thy heart to suffer still more, and dost not justify thyself, as if thou oughtst not to suffer such great things.
But acknowledgest My justice in all My appointments and praisest My holy name, then it is that thou walkest in the true and right way of peace and mayst hope, with out any doubt, to see My face again with great joy. -Job XXXIII.26
And if thou arrive at an entire contempt of thyself know then that thou shalt enjoy an abundance of peace, as much as is possible in this state of banishment.
-Imitation of Christ
A Happy Thanksgiving week to all family, friends, and strangers alike! I hope you spend it in good company!
If you’re traveling, remember St. Christopher, patron saint of travelers! A prayer to a good friend in heaven can never be said too often!