Cultivating a Life of Gratitude

I am committing myself, during 2010, to attempt to cultivate a greater awareness of how much I have to be thankful and grateful for by sharing my daily findings and musings with you. It is my hope that by blogging about gratitude, I will be more aware of what is going on around me in my life, my family, my friends' lives and our world.

November 25, 2010

A Song and a Story

When upon life’s billows you are tempest tossed,
When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.

Count your blessings, name them one by one,
Count your blessings, see what God hath done!
Count your blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.

Are you ever burdened with a load of care?
Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?
Count your many blessings, every doubt will fly,
And you will keep singing as the days go by.

When you look at others with their lands and gold,
Think that Christ has promised you His wealth untold;
Count your many blessings. Wealth can never buy
Your reward in heaven, nor your home on high.

So, amid the conflict whether great or small,
Do not be disheartened, God is over all;
Count your many blessings, angels will attend,
Help and comfort give you to your journey’s end.

This song has been floating around in my head for a few weeks as I prepared for Park Free's Thanksgiving Eve service.  I just felt like sharing the lyrics on Thanksgiving day was appropriate!

Here is my E-man story for Thanksgiving 2010.  Last night, I was getting him ready for bed and we were talking and getting ready to say prayers.  I asked him "E, what are you thankful for today?" He confidently and quickly exclaimed, "Jesus!"  I told him how great I thought that was and I questioned, 'Is there anything else you are thankful for?' and he very sternly replied to me, 'No!  That's enough!'  It took all of one second for me to realize how profound what he said to me was ... Jesus is enough - He's more than enough!  What a precious reminder - out of the mouth of babes ... I'm thankful for the deep spiritual truth E reminded me of last night.  The idea that Jesus is enough for 'all of me, for every thirst and every need,  You [Jesus] satisfy me with your love and all I have in You - is MORE than enough' has been a life changing truth for me since college because of various circumstances and E-man's words brought me back to the time when I first had a major revelation about whether or not Jesus ALONE was enough for me and  these thoughts will be something for me to ponder anew in the days to come.  Thanks buddy!  

1 comment:

  1. I still feel like I'm learning to embrace the blessing of "enough". You guys are raising a very wise man.

    Will you please teach me the tune to these lyrics? I don't know it but they're beautiful!