In Everything Give Thanks

It’s the beauty of
a single moment, a noticed creation.


The falling of
autumn leaves.

The wonderful,
humid scent of coffee.

A stranger who
smiles while idling at the intersection.

 Folded laundry and washed dishes.

A letter.

A compliment from
your daddy.

Scripture enclosed
within your brain.

Laughing . . . so
hard that sound ceases to escape.


These things are
just things: there is no eternal value in folded laundry or in the notice of
fiery-orange leaves, no holiness in smelling coffee.

But there is a
beauty and a joy.


“And God saw every
thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the
morning were the sixth day.” Genesis 1:31

“In every thing
give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” I
Thessalonians 5:18

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