Growing in Gratitude: A weekly series on “Daily Musings on Life Together”
The psalmist wrote, “Sing a joyful noise to the Beloved all peoples of the earth! Serve the Lord with a glad heart! Join hands in the great Dance of Life!” (from Nan Merrill’s Psalms for Praying). Join me in this dance each Monday as I practice giving thanks for things big, small, tangible, and intangible. Feel free to count your blessings in the comments.
In the midst of the celebration of our wedding, we received advice from just about everyone. Precious little nuggets of wisdom that promise a happy life together. We’ve really tried to keep all the advice in mind as we’ve started along our journey, but of course each couple is different and we’ve had to find what works for us. A particular bit of wisdom we received from my Grammy and Granddaddy (who celebrated their 60th Anniversary on April 1st by the way… so you know they are marriage experts) that we have found helpful in focusing our minds on the important things was their practice in counting the blessings of each day together before falling to sleep. Grammy shared that each night while lying in the darkness before drifting off to sleep she or Granddaddy asks, “what are you grateful for today?” and then they simply name those things that float to the surface of their minds. What a beautiful image of marriage and of life together!
Naming our blessings is a matter, I think, of cultivating a glad heart and a spirit more ready to embrace life’s challenges in a way that embodies real joy. As the psalmist wrote above it is joining in on the “Dance of Life.” In the spirit of learning and practicing life in a more mindful and intentional manner, I’m starting a weekly series here called “Growing in Gratitude.” Gratitude takes practice and what a better day of the week to focus on adopting an attitude of thanksgiving than Mondays the first day of our work week. So each Monday join me in counting the things for which I am thankful. I would love to have you join me in this practice. Feel free to add your blessings to the comments.
Caleb and I haven’t gotten into the habit of naming our blessings every night, but we do often practice this ritualized pillow talk that my grandparents suggested. It doesn’t really matter if we have anything special to name, our spirits are lifted by the intentional practice of sharing aloud the things, people, or events of the day that made us smile. Counting our blessings before bed is a lovely way to drift out of a day and one of the simple joys of life with Caleb.
Today I am thankful for pillow talk and for shared wisdom.
What are you thankful for?