One of the truly great blessings of our lives is the simple act of giving thanks. Something about the act itself is restorative and healing. No matter how utterly desperate our circumstances are we can always give thanks because goodness is bound inherently into reality and into matter. To take the time to give thanks – to name our blessings and offer gratitude – puts our souls back into joint. We are realigned with truth and restored to sanity and soundness of mind. Fear diminishes. Pain lessens. Anxiety becomes quieter. And hope comes closer to our conscious. In ways we may not even fully understand, thanksgiving as a practice and state of mind is a defense against darkness.
It is good for us to give thanks and we are made to do so.
This thanksgiving I pray that your hearts will be filled with gratitude and the awareness of blessings that are truly everywhere around you.
I promise you, friends, I as I give thanks today and throughout the rhythms of the year you are among the blessings I am most grateful for.
Thanksgiving is one of my very favourite celebrations of the year. I love the simplicity of its focus – food, family, friends, and acknowledging what we already are given. No shopping frenzy required! Just an opportunity to pause, make beauty in our homes and make time for each other. What could be more needed or welcome?
Giving thanks is the perfect herald for entering into Advent. There is no Joy without gratitude first.
Blessings to you and yours always!
Lancia E. Smith is an author, photographer, teacher, and business owner. A grateful lover of the Triune God, Lancia is passionate about the disciple making. Reflecting that calling, she is the Founder and Executive Director of Cultivating Good | True | Beautiful, and of The Cultivating Project, a discipling initiative for Christians engaged in the arts, with a special emphasis on writers. Lancia is a board member and patron of the Anselm Society, and Regional Representative of the C.S. Lewis Foundation. She is President and CEO of a thriving environmental consulting and construction firm based in northern Colorado which she runs with her husband Peter. They are parents to seven children, and are grandparents to a beloved flock of grandchildren. Lancia loves strong coffee with cinnamon, writing, website design, David Austin roses, Marvel movies, road trips with Peter, and nearly every book she ever read by C.S. Lewis, J.R. R. Tolkien, and George MacDonald.