“Thank you.” Simple words with immense power!
A word of thanksgiving can lift a weary heart, gently still the racing present, and restore a faltering vision. Spoken or received, gratitude can unleash a stirring flood of inspiration and encouragement.
As John Milton believed, gratitude allows us to “encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world.”
Ann Voskamp experienced this life-changing transformation after she accepted a friend’s dare to write down 1000 gifts of thanksgiving. Through the eyes that once saw only the heavy grays of depression, grief, and despair in the world, she began to see infectious beauty, joy, and hope! Now her blog and books encourage thousands.
Summarizing his own thoughts and experiences with gratitude, Thornton Wilder, American playwright, novelist, and Pulitzer Prize winner wrote, “We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.”
As Thanksgiving approaches, may we recognize our everyday treasures in even the smallest moments. The light that shines from a child’s eyes when a new concept finally clicks. The delight of little ones snuggling closer to you, just wanting to just rest thankfully in your comforting presence. The joy when siblings lay down bickering to help each other with kindness and appreciation.
We hope this November design helps you to see the gift of thanksgiving in your life this coming holiday season!
Whatever your favorite device might be, you’ll find our free November digital wallpaper in a size to fit, along with a Facebook cover photo and an 8″ x 10″ printable.
Please feel free to share these inspiring images with your friends and family using this link: hslda.org/12MonthsofJoy.
We wish you a richly blessed November!
Photo Credit: Anna Soltis