Thursday, May 27, 2010

Thankful Thursday

Today I am thankful for simple. It is just one of those days when I can slow down. I wished they happend more often. A day when I remember to enjoy the simplest pleasures of life. There is beauty and grace in even these. I wish to share a bit from an author that I enjoy reading from time to time.

Life Itself Is Grace
I discovered that if you really keep your eye peeled to it and your ears open, if you really pay attention to it, even such a limited and limiting life as the one I was living on Rupert Mountain opened up onto extraordinary vistas. Taking your children to school and kissing your wife goodbye. Eating lunch with a friend. Trying to do a decent day's work. Hearing the rain patter against the window. There is no event so commonplace but that God is present within it, always hiddenly, always leaving you room to recognize him or not to recognize him, but all the more fascinatingly because of that, all the more compellingly and hauntingly......If I were called upon to state in a few words the essence of everything I was trying to say both as a novelist and as a preacher, it would be something like this: Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery that it is. In the boredom and pain of it no less than in the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it because in the last analysis all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace.

From Frederick Buechner's 'Listening to Your Life' and 'Now and Then'

I couldn't have said it any better myself.


  1. Thank you for this..sometimes I am caught up of so many duties and responsibilities that I forget to have fun but tonight was different because I finally had the time and money to watch movie with my husband and ate out. Sweet blessing!!

  2. Living simply and finding joy in the little things. What a wonderful concept! May we all try to do this each day.

  3. How lovely. Yes -- paying attention -- God's presence and real-ness is everywhere. "Life is Grace"... what a lovely, inspiring quote. Thank you.
    My thankful Thursday is here.

  4. Meredith, I love those kind of days, too. Days when you can truly relax and just enjoy the simplicity of the day.

  5. Hi Meredith! Thanks so much for pacing and praying for me! Your words both humbled and blessed me. Who knows? Maybe someday I can take these seminars on the road! We serve a BIG God... =)

    I love this post...what beautiful words of truth about the grace of life and the grace of our amazing God! Love this...thanks so much for sharing it.

    Blessings to you!

  6. I'm reading this 5 days after you wrote it but I noticed the date it was posted (May 27) and realized how great the timing was. That was the day I had my foot surgery and that was also the date that showed me how lucky I am to have people that are not only available to help but that they WANT to help. Being stuck in a chair for days has been making me stir-crazy.....ADHD.......but it has also given me time to make my thoughts settle down, to relax and to think about all I am grateful for.
    Thanks for your interest re my back issues. I really don't have any info yet on what needs to be done. My most recent x-rays and MRI's are about 4 years old and they don't look great.The doc I will be going to is an orthopaedic doc/surgeon. My appointment is 6-14 so by then my foot should be much better or even healed. (foot..heal..heel..oh brother).
    At this point I don't know what will be done but I assume it will start off with a new series of x-rays,MRI's etc.
    You didn't sound bossy at all in your comment but you did seem to know what you were talking about, so I may be asking you a few questions to get your input along the way...if you don't mind.
    If surgery is the answer (and that seems to be the general opinion of the PCP, Pain Specialist, and even the Chiropractor) I am dreading it and looking forward to it at the same time. Pain free or even minor pain would be wonderful.
    So now I've written a book in your comment section. I guess I'll try to go and get some sleep now. My sleep schedule is completely messed up since the surgery as I dozed alot on and off for a few days. Now it is after 2 AM and I am wide awake. (and very talkative too in case you missed out on that!) Being sedentary is a lot harder that I thought it would be. I suppose it is good practice for times to come.

    Thanks for your interest.
    Have a wonderful day!!!

  7. First of all.. love the picture of your little guy! Very cute!

    I, too, love those simple days when there's not much going on and we just be together and enjoy time together.