Random Acts of Living

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Being Thankful

It's been a year of highs and lows. I've had a difficult time getting back into posting to my blog, or doing many other things as far as that goes. In September I lost my father and there's a void that I'm still in the process of learning how to deal with. I am forever thankful to have been born into the family that I was fortunate to be blessed with. I could not have dreamed of better parents.
Never do I recall ever feeling as though I was not wanted or loved. Never do I recall ever going without a meal, not have something nice to wear or have change to grab a soda with friends. I am thankful for having been taught the value of a good days work. To see the joy in accomplishments at days end. To be able to look back at the row planted and know that the row ahead would soon be done.
I am thankful for the gatherings of family and friends for all the many occasions through the years. That one of our great joys is making time to be with one another and celebrate all that are there and those that are not, to remember those that have gone on to their heavenly reward.
I am thankful for the "Faith of my Fathers" because it was through the examples of my elders that I truly saw what it meant to be Christ like. I am thankful for the Word that my grandmother asked that we memorize so we could recite to her when we would visit the few times a year. The Psalms taught me to love poetry and the way words could paint a picture in your mind.
I am thankful for learning to sing the old hymns, they taught my heart joy like no other. Singing is something the soul does out loud, you know it when you hear it and when your soul sings it's like flying. This same feeling can also be infused into musical instruments and they become an extension of your soul.
In more recent times I am especially thankful for my grandchildren. My hopes and prayers are that I can pass on to them the same feeling of thankfulness that was passed on to me. To be able to do that would give me even more to be Thankful for.
Hoping All of You are Having a Joyous and Happy Thanksgiving!


Bob Johnson said...

Such a beautiful post and great images, as you know its been quite a year for me but through it all Christ has always been there for me, looks to be the same for you, Happy Thanksgiving.

Moonshadow said...

Good to see you back, Bob! The flowers are the last before the first frost. The fall colors this year were the prettiest I've seen in a long time.