For those who have just joined me in this experience of seeing gifts in every moment, along the way, as we wait, as we struggle suddenly overcome with blind eyes, I thought it might be helpful to share what began with a single step. It was a book. Ann Voskamp’s book, “One Thousand Gifts” that I picked up one day at Chapters, and then a confirmed thought process, a prompting, a nudging of the spirit, and then the journey beginning and spreading out before me this eucharisteo, this thankfulness for what is set before me when I have eyes to see.
So please consider how the naming of life’s gifts might be something worthy of time and space in each of our lives, and might carry within it the potential to change us from beggars into those overwhelmed by a feast of grace. Here is the blog post where it all began for me… my naming one thousand gifts. That was my start, and although I can’t always document each gift as it happens, I’ve chosen to name many of the gifts here on this blog as a reminder… mostly to me. I hope you join me… and if you do, please let me know… share your list. You are most welcome to do that.
And, if you have the opportunity to pick up and read Ann’s extraordinary book, please do it!
So my list continues:
263. a long journey with a new friend
264. finding your tribe
265. expressing what is risky and beautiful
266. healing through creative expression of a thought, or two, or three
267. fog over sea, first light
268. the long call of a fog horn for safe passage
269. being on the water
270. historic buildings and used book stores
271. a phonecall home, the sound of voices you love
273. a bench of your own in a quiet place
275. listening and learning
276. new ideas
277. new people
278. the sense of place unique to every place
279 – 294. gifts captured in photographs