Thursday, November 24, 2005

Words of thanks

Some scattered thoughts on being thankful on this day designated as Thanksgiving Day in the U.S.

A trifecta of admonitions from the Bible: Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

I can rejoice for a while, I can pray for a goodly amount of time, and I can be thankful on a regular basis, but these verses present a very high bar – evermore, without ceasing, in everything. I’m not there yet.

Some friends faced a tremendous loss this past week in the death of a husband and a father. Even in the middle of their grief, they’ve exhibited rejoicing, prayer and thankfulness.

Today is the six-month anniversary of the beginning of Points of Light. I began it with the intent of sharing photographs of some of the beauty I’ve been privileged to witness and capture on film (I haven’t gone digital yet) and share some thoughts about life and the God who created it all. Since May 24 of this year, more than 15,000 visitors have looked at 22,000 pages and left hundreds of comments. I’m thankful for all of you who visit, and for the friends I’ve made in various parts of the world through the blogoshere.

Anyway, the ham is cooking on the stove, the chicken is in the oven (we’re just not that into turkey), the kids have returned from college and we’re thankful to have each other and be together on this day.

Hope things are going well for you. Today’s photo is of Ephraim, Wisconsin at twilight, taken this past weekend. Day is done, the summer and fall have passed and the town settles peacefully into a winter’s nap.

Click on picture to enlarge. Photograph © 2005 James Jordan.


Tara said...

Wonderful photo. Just wonderful. It has such an aura of peace and quiet about it.

V. Schroeder said...

Great photo to contemplate as Thanksgiving day comes to a close.