Enter In.

Are you a thankful person?

I do not mean polite; I do not mean, do you have good manners and know etiquette.

*****

So eager was he!  His eyes lit up and every muscle quivered with anticipated delight as he boisterously reached out for the fresh baked cookies.  In a motherly way,

the motherly way,

my hand intercepted his reach.

Gently but firmly I restrained his energy and said,

 “what do you say….”

Lacking proper blends, his response was typically, “pwees.” And the eyes looked earnest.

Rewarding him, I released my grip and the eager boy took that soft, sweet treat. Yet before he could take a bite, I again,

in the motherly way,

stopped short his plan to taste.  With mouth readied, his earnest look turned mournful.

“What do you say now?”

This time,  I waited in earnest.

“Tank-oo! ” was the reply

and the boy was allowed the bite and smiles reflected each other.

*****

Giving Thanks.

Yep.  That’s how it’s done.  At least that is how we are trained.  Proper manners learned and there we have it.  Or do we….(?).

Am I a thankful person?

I mean, do I really give thanks for everything I have?  For all that has been afforded me? Provided? Lavished?

Truly I did not begin to learn thanksgiving until I truly began to consider who I am in comparison to who God is.

When I remember that God is BIG and I am small,

that God is strong and I am weak,

that God knows all and I know little,

that God is faithful and I am not.

That God loved me first…

It is then that I am overcome.  I see clearly.  And giving thanks flows out from me because I cannot do anything else, until it is offered.

A teacher reminded me with astute observation:

“We miss out on the presence of God each day because we do not enter in…”

This, referring to Psalm 100:4

“Enter His gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.”

Mindful of my place in this existence, I am learning thanksgiving.

Seeing, acknowledging, and speaking my thanks to God

causes me to quiver with praise in my heart!

I enter in.

Through thanksgiving we enter into the presence of God.

It is a holy act.

And we are allowed the privilege.

As the day of Thanksgiving feasting and celebrating approaches, may you consider the learning of giving thanks

and

enter in!

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