There was no Thanksgiving Holiday in Beirut, Lebanon where I was born and lived the first fifteen years of my life. But I still remember the Gratitude that my mother uttered with her whole heart no matter how dark life moments were in that war torn country. I remember that whenever I sighed, she would say, “Daughter, say ‘Thanks be to God. Do not waste your exhalation, like that’”. A funny thing… these days, whenever I sigh and, some days, I sigh more than others, her Spirit whispers, “Say Thanks be to God”.
So, friends, on this Canadian Thanksgiving weekend, I am reminded of this precious gift of being thankful, because I know gratitude brings forth fulfillment, joy and contentment.
May Thanksgiving not just be the one day a year to express gratitude; while our dinner tables are filled with turkey, stuffing, and all the trimmings. I pray that Thanksgiving becomes an attitude of gratitude that we adopt in our daily lives. As you inhale Grace, may you always exhale Gratitude.
Here are a few pictures from this week from our neighbourhood – where a Symphony of Gratitude is audible in the quietness of nature. May these pictures bless you as they have been a blessing to me, to see, experience and BE.
Because of Grace,