Simple Gifts

It is Thanksgiving day, an unusually quiet one, with family strewn around the hemisphere, feasting delayed to another location. I am grateful for the chance to pay attention to the simple gifts that are part of the Presence of the Holy in my life today:

  • a visiting English bulldog
  • continuous nourishing music
  • a new mystery from the library
  • texts from loved ones
  • a pantry with ingredients for comfort food
  • a rain washed sky
  • almond & aloe hand lotion
  • hand drawn and written Thanksgiving cards from grandchildren
  • olive bread
  • Scripture that feed and heals
  • remembrances on my shelf from loved ones of a lifetime
  • ample time
  • the aroma of fresh bread
  • a labyrinth in the backyard
  • dreams that bemuse
  • stories from times past
  • a sense of calm and peace in knowing that Holy Presence hovers very near

Knowing that my cup over flows, that gratitude takes nothing for granted, I offer my gratitude in grace for  each simple gift.


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About Elizabeth Nordquist

Elizabeth Nordquist is a Presbyterian pastor, teacher, and spiritual director who writes on women's issues, spirituality and Scripture, and what is happening in the world--hers, her neighborhood, the Church and the world. Each day she looks for ways in which the Spirit is moving in and around her.

  • thom

    Grateful for this… And for you and yours. Every day.

  • Erin Thomas

    Sometimes an attitude of gratitude is as simple as making a list for us to see how very blessed we are every day, every hour, every moment if we will just pause and breathe it in. Thanks for the eloquent reminder and the beautiful song link. Nice.

  • Robert McMillan

    You could definitely see your enthusiasm within the paintings you write. The world hopes for more passionate writers like you who aren’t afraid to mention how they believe. At all times go after your heart.