Grateful

You may have come across this quote attributed to Albert Einstein, but it’s worth a repeat: “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”

What a good thought!  It seems to me that many of us have lost touch with one of our most important senses—our sense of awe, our capacity for wonder and amazement.  And with it, our ability to feel grateful has been diminished—collateral damage, if you will.  Consider: just two weeks ago, I traveled by plane to Denver- only a 2 hour flight.  Just think about that- in two hours I was in a completely different place on the continent!  And all I had to do was sit in a chair and enjoy the ride!  (But they only gave me peanuts to eat—isn’t that awful!)

This Thanksgiving, let me challenge you to get reacquainted with your own capacity for awe and wonder.  Try this: sit and watch a sunset for 5 minutes.  Simply be amazed at the layers of color and the God who makes it happen each day.  Or take 2 minutes to simply pay attention to your breathing.  Consider how many different processes are happening in your body that you don’t even have to think about—all the time!  Or try contemplating your cell phone for a few moments- a marvel of technology weighing just a few ounces.  Let yourself taste awe- go ahead.

And then, pause once more. Take some time to contemplate the cross of Jesus Christ.  A wooden beam where the Son of God willingly offered Himself- to His very death- so that you might be forgiven, set free, rescued, and restored to life.   Let the wonder of it all sink in—and let the gratitude flow.  Happy Thanksgiving!

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