Monday, January 3, 2011

Looking Back With Thanks

As my children have grown and left home, I have packed up their books for them to take with them. There are a few, though, that I could hardly bear to part with. So I bought copies for myself. One of them is this little gem written by Jane Werner Watson and illustrated by my favorite children's illustrator Eloise Wilkin. Her pictures fill me with such warmth. They are home and family and love all crafted in such beautiful detail.

This wee book says much of what I am thankful for. Here is just a sampling:

"God gives us everything we need - shelter from cold and wind and rain, clothes to wear and food to eat.
God gives us flowers, the songs of birds, the laughter of brooks, the deep song of the sea.
He gives us a small, still voice in our hearts to help us tell wrong from right.
God gives us hopes and wishes and dreams, plans for our grown-up years ahead.
He gives us memories of yesterdays, so that happy times and people we love we can keep with us always in our hearts.

That sums it up very nicely for me today. As I begin a new year, a backward glance assures me that He is all that I need. He is my Sufficiency, my Provider, my Healer, my Redeemer, my Restorer, my Help, my Shelter, my Comfort, my Peace, my Hope, my life.
And I am filled with gratitude.

Joining the Gratitude Community at Ann's today.