I’m hoping to get back in a rhythm here at the ID, posting on a weekly basis. Let’s begin 2015 reflecting on gratitude and the wisdom gleaned from toddlers.
M is in a stage where she says thank you for things she’s received from others. For example:
When putting on shoes from a cousin: “Thank you, Nina.”
When playing with a toy from a friend: “Thank you, Bella.”
When putting on clothes from a grandmother: “Thank you, G,” or “Thank you, Grammy.”
(This is helpful because it reminds us to write thank you notes to people.)
She reminds me often to be grateful. And to be specifically grateful.
Gratitude is never truly practiced in generalities.
Gratitude must be specific.
There are too many people to thank, at least in this space, for all the help we’ve received over the past two months as we’ve transitioned from one coast to another.
Boston friends and family.
Salinas friends and family.
Oakland friends and family.
A million thank yous. Specific thank yous. Thank yous for food and visits. For carrying heavy boxes and packing and unpacking trucks. Thank yous for hospitality. And for spending time with our kids. For filling our pantry and refrigerator. And for big checks. And for so much more.
After every birthday and Christmas time my mom would bust out a box of stationary and my sisters and I would get to work.
Thank you note time.
I never liked this exercise…I would always mess up a word or sentence and have to re-write the whole thing. It seemed tedious and involved too much work.
Now I love thank you notes.
I love receiving them and I love writing them. As I get older I feel like “thank yous” have become a precious commodity. Gratitude is rare in a culture of entitlement.
Psalm 100 is a psalm for giving grateful praise. It is a thank you note.
Beyond politeness and pleasantries, thank you brings us very close to the heart of God.
Gratitude and grace are intertwined.
Are we able to see good gifts in our lives? Are we able to say thank you? Do you need to get work on those notes?
Give thanks. Give thanks. Give thanks.
As the summer comes to a close it feels like an appropriate time to say “thank you”:
Thank you to our parents, who have supported us in a million ways for years, but especially during this pregnancy.
Thank you to our payer team who consistently remind us that we are not in this on our own.
Thank you to our financial supporters who make it possible for us to do collegiate ministry in Boston.
Thank you to those we have asked to join the team this summer. I know being asked for money isn’t fun, but we are humbled by your generosity and partnership.
Thank you to our students who were involved in DIG this summer, you helped rejuvenate me in so many ways.
Thank you to the BU leadership team for taking time out of your summer to Skype and chat and plan and dream. I am so excited to see how God will use you guys this semester.
Thank you to Stacey for taking the risk and moving out here to Boston. Thanks for throwing an awesome baby shower!
Thank you to our REUNION community (especially Jessica and the other ladies who helped with the shower), we are grateful for your friendship and support.
Thank you to everyone who has been praying for our baby!
Thank you to family and friends who helped provide supplies for this baby…we are so blessed in this area words don’t quite capture the awesomeness.
This list could go on and on…we are grateful and we are blessed.