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Storm in Pacifica, California

I have fallen in love with the sea.  No man or woman has ever loved or felt more passion for anyone or anything.  Every time I am with her I think she is more beautiful than ever before.  She amazes me with her complexity, never the same twice.  One day, she is sunny and tranquil, glittering as a king’s ransom in jewels, another, she is raging, banging against constraints, crashing in turmoil and passion.  This day, she is gray and mysterious, cloaking her secrets in a shroud of fog.  Hoarding all her wealth, then carelessly tossing away treasures from deep within her, leaving them discarded in her retreating wake.  Uncontrollable power rising up, increasing, speeding, rolling to me, undulating in her seductive dance,  indifferently shattering, pummeling against me, then reluctantly, caressingly retreating.  I am awed, drawn beyond my power to resist.  She is my muse, my lover, my religion.  There is nothing I have ever known more like God:  vast, timeless, power beyond conceptualization.  Her waters cleanse my soul, renew my spirit.  There is no problem I have brought to her which she cannot shrink to nothingness next to her ancient, endless, fathomless magnificence.

Give me four sticks with a canvas sheet stretched between and I would live beneath it just to gaze at her in all her ever-changing beauty.  How humbling to see, hear, smell, taste, feel the magnificence of the Creator‘s artistry!  I am face-down in holy worship when I think how He could even conceive the idea of the universal sea composed of all this world’s waters.  Waters washing into one another, touching every life on this planet that has ever or will ever be; swirling, dancing around, over, under every continent, island, iceberg; covering massive colonies of life, mountains, deep abysses, hidden depths we have yet to plummet; and all the while kissing, blending, one with the endless sky.  My God!  I am overwhelmed to tears at the limitless gift of beauty you have given me!  Oh, Lord, I sing your praises with every cell of my being for your great love in giving me the sea.  If I never am with her again, I still will never have enough moments in eternity to express my gratitude for this chance to know and love her.   And through her, to know and love you!  I have seen your face reflected in the sea, magnificent, endless, containing more than my mind can grasp.  And new every day.  And new every day.

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Trees

my tree at dusk

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God, today I have been admiring the gorgeous trees you have created all over our planet.  I am so grateful for your artistry and ingenuity.  There are over 100,000 species of trees on this earth.  Each variety unique in bark, branch, root, leaf, size, habitat and usefulness.  I cannot even begin to fathom the number of leaves that means.  Each leaf unique.  Exquisitely crafted and colored.  An individual pattern of veins and edging tracing a map on each one.  How magnificent!  How amazing!  This world you have created is mesmerizing in its detail.  The trees breathe in the waste of my air, carbon monoxide.  I breathe in the waste of their air, oxygen.  We are sympatico.  Yin and Yang breathing in an elemental opposition, yet in perfect compliment.

 

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Nothing feels as wonderful when the sun is beating down its summer heat than finding the cooling shade of an ancient oak.  Laying on my back, I watch the breeze dance the leaves as glints of sun sparkle in the midst.  Flames of green bearing heat away.  The cooling freshness of the green canopy spreading its protective arms over me.  During a thunderstorm, this same canopy helps shelter me from the rain as I listen to the plop, plop of each drop beating on the drum skin of my tree.  I hide beneath the home of so many creatures, insects, birds, small game.  I praise you, God, and am so grateful for this free, found shelter.  No rent or mortgage here.  And in the winter, the stark bare branches line the landscape like so many fingers pointing skyward in silent witness to their creator.  Creaking under weights of snow, lined like shadowed drawings, they form their silhouettes against the land and sky,  connecting heaven and earth.

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But my favorite remains the painter’s brush of colors you pour onto the world in autumn.  Reds, yellows, purples, oranges, browns pulse with living colors against the cooling brilliant blueness.   The fire of the sugar maple is so vivid it almost hurts my soul to gaze at it.  Such beauty etched upon my heart as a riotous love letter from you to me and back again.  The colors pulling me inward and heavenward, soaring through joy in just existing in this magnificent place you have created.  Oh, God, what your hand has wrought is far too wondrous for my mind to grasp.  And yet you set me higher than all of this sweetness.  Thank you.  Thank you for each amazing tree, each leaf, each branch, each root which burrows deep into the earth.  This good earth.  I am grateful for trees and they are good.

Light

Light in the night (Castelldefels)

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Today I am grateful for light. It warms the earth and feeds the plants. It makes us able to see colors, and God, you know how very much I love color! It is powerful and elemental and can be harnessed for clean energy. It travels through space for billions of miles and can be seen across the span of time. It chases away the darkness and our fears. It helps us find what we have lost. It brightens our days and creates romance and atmosphere. Light guides us and keeps us from harm. It helps us to see the visible and the invisible; shows us the temporary things of this world in all their beauty, even though they will soon pass away and shows us the eternal things of Spirit in all their glory, for they are everlasting to everlasting. It guided the wise men to the stable and the King of Kings. It burns within each of us as a mark of divinity. It is the sun, the moon, the stars, the rainbows, the angels, fire, flame, and truth. Light is essential to life. It is said to radiate from the throne of God the Father in the kingdom of heaven. It was the first thing ever created. It stands for inspiration, guidance, love, warmth, sustenance, truth, ideas. Without it we would cease to exist. With it we have the opportunity to spread it around, reflect it, shine it, share it, point it, gather around it and, as God is Light– worship It. I am on my face before His Light. In awe I marvel at what the Creator has made. I am grateful for light and it is good.

via (2) Jodiebeth Slatton-Bloedel.

New Perspectives

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On gratitude today: I am so grateful for attaining new perspectives through personal growth. I struggled with so much stress, fear, worry, anger, despair, for years because of changes and endings in my life. Now, I can see that change does not mean an ending as much as it means a new beginning. A fresh start. New opportunities. A second chance. A clean slate. When I focus on the potentials in a new beginning instead of the losses in an ending, I can breathe. I can smile. I can think clearly and plan for the future. This viewpoint brings that “peace that passes all understanding,” so I know it is a divine viewpoint.

I am learning that dwelling on why things are different, why they have to change, and how I am ever going to cope with losses is deadly to my emotional, spiritual, mental, and physical well-being. It is a negative perspective that will only suck me further down the longer I give it my energy and power over my life. Eventually my dark demeanor will permeate everything else in my life if allowed to remain. It is a crippling virus of the spirit that will rob me of my very life.

But opening myself to the positive brings hope, light, peace and joy. This energy will also expand bringing me greater ventures, more good opportunities, more love and beauty to my world. I am blessed. I am fortunate. I am a divine child of this universe with the power and providence of the Creator God at my disposal. As long as my desires are for the good of myself and others, my heart’s desires will be mine. But God has a funny way of wrapping the presents He sends me. They are seldom wrapped up in the ribbon, bow, and box I expect them to be in. They come in unimaginably creative packaging! Of course they would, as they are sent from the greatest creator! I just need to be willing to look outside the box for my gifts. It becomes easier to find them and recognize them when I expect them.

So I am grateful that God has taught me to expect His good gifts in every situation. No matter what things look like. No matter how dark it seems. I know if I search for the light, it will come shining through like a beacon and lead me home to Him.

via (2) Jodiebeth Slatton-Bloedel.

 

Gratitude

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Kick Off 2012 with Project 365.

My Project 365:  To keep a “Gratitude Journal”.  Since my personal goal for this year is to live a daily life of gratitude and celebration of all the gifts and blessings I receive each day, it is only natural to make this project an extension.  Each day I will endeavor to record a post of at least one thing for which I am grateful.

In Living in Gratitude, Angeles Arrien states that the philosopher, Cicero, felt that gratitude was the parent of all virtues and that once gratitude is established in a person’s life,  it will beget other virtues.  She also quotes Benedictine monk, Brother David Steindl-Rast, as writing that, “gratefulness is the inner gesture of giving meaning to our life by receiving life as a gift.”

I find it is impossible to be positive with out a grateful heart and that a grateful heart is always positive.  I also find that a positive outlook leads to internal peace, joy, love, kindness, patience, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control:  the fruit of the Spirit as stated in the book of Galatians, chapter 5, verse 22.

In addition, I have set up a program for myself of readings and meditations on gratitude.  The celebration will be continuous within my own spirit, but I also have a few other celebratory ideas circulating around my cranium!  Nobody loves to throw a good party like moi!!

Project 365 will be one aspect which will build to make my 2012, the best year of my life.  I invite you to please join me on my journey to explore the best life has to give and offer up your comments.  Thank you for reading.  Namaste‘.

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