This is one of my favorite blog entries of the year—the one in which I choose a few of the myriad things that inspire me to say “Yes!” and list them out. Here is this year’s offering:
I am grateful that there are so many ways to say this same thing:
- “Love is our origin, love is our ground, and love is our destiny” (Jim Finley).
- Everything comes forth from God, is an example of God, and returns to God (my paraphrase of Richard Rohr’s paraphrase of St. Bonaventure in his book Eager to Love).
- “Love is the essential structure of reality, the metaphysical basis of all that exists, the eternal pattern of the universe” (Ilia Delio describing Bede Griffiths’ approach in her book Christ in Evolution).
I am grateful chocolate-covered carrot bits are not a thing.
I am grateful for transformations of all kinds:
- the bursting forth of flower buds into full blown blossoms
- the changing and falling of leaves
- the caterpillar’s chrysalis and the emerging butterfly
- the breaking open of our hearts in the presence of suffering
I am grateful for how often what I’m reading is grammatically correct and perfectly proofread, all things considered.
I am grateful for generosity of heart in so many forms:
- parents rising in the middle of the night to tend their sick children
- people sending money across the globe to those they will never meet
- people smiling at others for no particular reason
- animals caring for other animals in all those videos careening through Facebook feeds
- plants growing to support all life on Earth
I am grateful for imagination—in a world that has never been at peace, the concept still exists.
I am grateful for the Sunday comics and beautifully illustrated children’s books.
I am grateful for all the people who so grace my life with love, perspective, good humor, and, of course, good food on a daily basis, including everyone reading these words. Happy Thanksgiving!
Note: I will be on vacation next week. May everyone be well fed.