Posted by Constance Ann Morrison
I’m cheating, and it’s ok if I get caught. I am copying what high-school student Emily* is writing, because she is so smart. She’s got the right answers, and this is a test I want to pass.
She has written this on Facebook:
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.
She’s done it: three photos, three captions, three days of gratitude.
She’s learned that thankfulness is a habit to be cultivated. It’s a challenge to our callous hearts. One of the old meanings of the word “challenge” is “a call to fight.” So fight for your distracted mind to center on the truth of God’s goodness. Fight for your aching heart to see the sun behind the storm clouds. Fight for your weary soul to be at rest in his love.
I’m going to peer over Emily’s shoulder and copy her answers. I want to ace this test on gratitude.
Will you join me in thanking God the rest of November? It’s a good habit to make.
What are you thankful for?
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Day 1, November 1
Thank you, God, for the ragged beauty of a back-yard oak leaf that reveals your glory.
And the glory of the Lord will be revealed,
and all people will see it together. Isaiah 40:5
Day 2, November 2
By the time I grabbed the camera and hurried outside, much of the red was gone. It was glorious. Thank you, Lord, for another day.
his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning; Lamentations 3:22-23
Day 3, November 3
Thank you, Lord, for unexpected blessings. When I took this picture of the fall-colored vine, I didn’t notice the praying mantis near the bottom. It has escaped the hard freezes by sheltering on this warm, south-facing brick wall and hiding from predators under the leaves of the vine.
You are my hiding place;
you will protect me from trouble
and surround me with songs of deliverance. Psalm 32:7
Thank you, God, for being my shelter in times of trouble.
* name changed