The candy has been passed out, the costumes have been crumpled away, and a new month is here. November brings relief from the heat of summer. Yellow, orange, and red leaves dance in the wind and pecans play hide and seek with all who are willing to bend down and be meek. This is a good time to give thanks for blessings that have come and continue to come our way, for daylight ends before our energy has been depleted and if we can resist the temptation of mind numbing, never ending electronic entertainment, we have time to reflect on the beauty that’s present in life.

Join me in writing out ways you are deeply touch by gifts around you. Gifts that no one needed to buy, wrap up or present to you. These gifts no one owns; they are freely distributed to all who will notice them. Let’s notice them and write them out, one by one, and reread them every time we feel down, left out, isolated or deprived. These gifts will bless with each reading and each remembrance. Share your list in a note to grandma, grandchild, parent, or friend. A cousin, sibling, or dear, sick neighbor might need to hear some uplifting words of thanks giving. Let’s pray our lists in prayers of thanksgiving.

May the end of 2014 for ever be known as a time of our great and joyful Thanksgiving. Look around right where you are and start your list… I am thankful for …. the connection with those who read these words. I am thankful for those who share their hearts’ experiences in pondered out words. There is no better time than right now to start giving thanks.