The Humbling Act of Being Thankful

I don’t want to leave this month without posting this.

It’s something I’ve been working on  for several weeks and something God has been teaching me for several years.

I’m still not all that good at it.

But when I am, it makes such a difference!

It’s popular to start the month of November with a call to thankfulness.

That’s a good thing.

We should spend more time thinking about our blessings and being thankful to the God Who provides them.

But often we don’t.

Because we like to think that what we have is the result of what we do or who we are.

That means we don’t owe anybody anything.

thank you is the best prayer sunset water

Thankfulness is an act of humility and submission because in that moment I must acknowledge I am the recipient of blessing at the hand of another.

That implies obligation.

And I don’t like feeling I owe someone something.

Imbalance is uncomfortable.

It should be.

Because it spurs me on to good deeds and loving relationship which keeps the cycle going. 

Thankfulness begets kindness which begets thankfulness which begets kindness.  

I want to live in THAT world. 

gratitude is the fairest blossom


Author: Melanie

I am a shepherd, wife and mother of four amazing children, three that walk the earth with me and one who lives with Jesus. This is a record of my grief journey and a look into the life I didn't choose. If you are interested in joining a community of bereaved parents leaning on the promises of God in Christ, please like the public Facebook page, "Heartache and Hope: Life After Losing a Child" and join the conversation.

3 thoughts on “The Humbling Act of Being Thankful”

  1. This is SO BEAUTIFUL and SO TRUE!

    I so appreciate your post.

    Although my loss was my husband, your sharing has been the most helpful of any and most identifiable for me in my grief journey and relationship with Jesus and our Heavenly Father.

    Thank you.


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