And so we learn to live in gratitude and come to know that “thank you, God” can be the most important and deepest prayer we can ever say.
We too easily take all this for granted. We just go down the produce aisle and there they all are, lined up and waiting for us, freshly misted. Today, let’s remember all those who bring us our food and the God who gives everything that is good: “The earth has yielded its harvest; God, our God, blesses us.” (Psalm 67:7)
However you go about it, learning to live with gratitude is all about first being aware of the gifts and good things in our lives. And from experience, I learned that once I started keeping a list, I was nearly overwhelmed by how many daily experiences and interactions I could count as blessings. In short, we have no idea how present God is to us until we start paying attention.
As a writer and songwriter, I can tell my stories and hope and trust that someone will see a grain of truth in them–a semblance of something real that maybe they have felt themselves.
In this blog, I will be writing about those ideas and memories and sparks of creativity that come to me in a flash and also the kind that brew and percolate inside me for months at a time. When I teach writing occasionally I tell my students to remember that they should always be writing, even when they are not physically typing or writing. Writing is a full-time job. I’ll be writing, in one way or another, about two things that are most important to me and drive my life and everything in it: creativity and spirituality.