Thankful 30: Day 10–A Short Walk and Small Things

I have joined Emily’s* 30 Day Challenge:

I’m challenging myself to post a picture every day during the month of November (30 Days To Be Thankful For) and to add a caption as to why I am thankful.

Day 10, November 10


I am grateful for small things today:


  • the three-year-old hands of a grandchild, happily splashing in the sink


  • diminutive crab apples, food for hungry birds


  • fine curlicues on a yucca plant


  • delicate veins of a husk cherry


  • seed head of a stunted purple coneflower
  • gossamer “wings” of milkweed seed

The sun sets so early now that I didn’t think I’d have time for a walk outside before the light failed, but I decided a short stroll was better than none.  If I hadn’t gone, the silky filaments of the milkweed would have been unobserved.  I could have been too busy to watch my grandson playing in the water, too rushed to follow a wayward robin hopping branches, eating crab apples, or too distracted to see the setting sun ignite the translucent oak leaf.  I might have missed seeing these small graces and lost the opportunity to give thanks–and missed the miracle of joy.

Small things, the stuff of miracles . . . do you remember this story?

a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish  John 6:9

and then

Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish.  John 6:11

Gratitude peels away the veil of the mundane, the every-day-ness so that we encounter the miraculous, and then we experience the joy.

For small things, the stuff of miracles, I’m grateful.

See Thankful 30 page for every day’s entry.

* name changed

linking up with Jennifer Dukes Lee

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