Many of us require deliberate time and effort for gratitude. We constantly remind ourselves to count our blessings one by one, and after a minute or two, we struggle to name the many gifts we have been given. During children’s worship in October, we had an opportunity to ask our young friends what they are thankful for. Their answers came quickly and had a beautiful simplicity. There was no struggle to offer blessings, and their minds were not bogged down with stress or anxiety. They eagerly shouted out answers of cats and dogs, moms and dads, grandma and grandpas, aunts and uncles, Nerf guns and college football, pizza, and Chick-fil-a. They wanted to not only list their blessings and favorites, but they wanted to talk about them and tell the story behind each and every friend, toy, and food.
Lord, may we once again be like little children during this season. May we be reminded of the joy of gratitude and the peace of seeing all that we have been given.