“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.”
Hello again, friends! How have you been? I’ve been praying for you — that, regardless of where your journey has taken you this week, His presence has been made more real and more abundant than anything else in your life. Let’s keep abiding.
Today I’m stopping by briefly to share this wonderful quote with you! Here in my corner of the globe, we’re entering a time of year when thoughts turn toward the simple act of giving thanks. Of all the things we put on our calendar to mark with intent, this might be one of the best.
Chesterton often wrote about the power of thankfulness and here he gets to the heart of what gratitude really is by way of this lovely little word — wonder. Do you remember the last time you were uplifted by wonderment? The bright though brief days of childhood seem to hold the lion’s share of it for most of us. Truly, I understand — the realities of adulting can often numb us to simple mercies that fill our lives. In a post from this past summer, I wrote that I want to daily be more gratefully aware of all the wonderful that surrounds me and flows from His loving kindness. Even as I keep the long view of life in mind, it’s about taking notice of each small and good gift that graces our journey, noting the sacred in the midst of the secular, and allowing common simple goodness to foster as much delight as the exceptional. Pausing to give thanks and pray. To engage all of my senses as I see the beauty of each new day blooming alongside the thorns. Because when happiness is humbly enjoyed with a profound sense of wonderment, it’s enlarged and leads to a profound sense of gratitude.
This is the efficacy of wonderment! It guilds the lily and elevates the most everyday joy, reminding us of all that we possess in Him right where we are. Sometimes we just need Him to tune our hearts so we can recognize what’s in front of us. But friend, I’m keenly aware that you may be traveling through a very deep valley that makes it nearly impossible to live this truth. To you, I offer this as a gentle encouragement that maybe not right now, but in time, you’ll be able to own it in richer, more profound ways than you ever could had you not experienced this testing. In the meantime, give yourself space and grace to grow in trust — Your heavenly Father understands. Just keep on abiding.
In yet another memorable quote, Chesterton encourages us to see the world and live our lives with eyes wide open, being careful not to embrace the constant narrative of scarcity and insufficiency: “We are perishing for want of wonder, not for want of wonders.“ Truly remarkable.
Father God ~ I’m learning that a heart full of thanksgiving often shares its space alongside an equal measure of reflection. Today I’m reminded how your hand has sheltered and carried me. Your grace and mercy overwhelm me. To count the ways you’ve showered infinite goodness and light on my path would be like trying to count grains of sand on the shore. This is truly an ocean-sized wonder — let the full weight of this truth wash over me today!
When I consider all that You are, I’m quick to remember all I am not. And yet in You, I am complete! Too often I become comfortable in the muddled and dull surroundings of this world and fail to see both your providence in my life and how far I fall short of your glory. There isn’t a day or a moment when I don’t need You to shine the light of this truth in my heart. It always leaves me painfully aware of my sin of ingratitude and utter inadequacy to “fix” myself, but the love with which You cleanse and renew is nothing short of a holy love.
And so, today, let me set out to walk with You in the certainty of your presence, always mindful of your holiness, knowing my constant need, and full of thanksgiving as I reflect upon your provision in Christ that exceeds anything I could ever imagine or ask for.
I pray this because You are faithful and true ~
(Colossians 2:10; Philippians 1:6; Romans 3:23; Ephesians 3:20)
And so to all of you, may yours be a bountiful harvest of gratitude as you count your blessings and name them one by one. Happy Thanksgiving!
Love ~ D.