I have been reading One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp. She talks about having an attitude of thanksgiving. Yesterday I found that I have fallen out of the habit of giving thanks for my food. I am still thankful for my food, but I havent set aside the time to offer up thanks. I am thankful that I can go to the store and buy food and that there is the possibility for me to buy seeds and grow my own. But how often do I acknowledge it?
2 times in the last week I have watched as someone has bowed their head and prayed over their food, prayed over the blessing it is to be thankful for nourishment.
In my home, as a family we hold hands and take the next few moments to be thankful. When I am by myself, why don’t I do the same? When I am in a public place, why don’t I do the same?
I pray throughout the day, especially when I am walking between classes or walking home from the bus. I take a walk with Jesus. Why am I not taking the time to be thankful for what is right in front of me? for what I am consuming?
I was thinking about the phrase “saying grace”. When I say a prayer of thanksgiving I am acknowledging the fact that I have been given grace. I am covered in grace when I offer thanksgiving. How amazing is that?
Today I am thinking about what it means to be truly thankful. The leaves are about to change and in a couple of months my favorite holiday Thanksgiving will be here. That doesn’t mean that I don’t need to take time out now to be thankful for the sweet blessings that grace my table and inhabit my kitchen pantry.
Do you ‘say grace’?