It's been a long day and a long draining week...I am still grateful for so many things. The renewed light in my beautiful Sara's eye, the wondrous glories of Creation I see around me every day, the uplifting and soul-filling strains of music that fill my ears, the affectionate purr and "chatter" of my big boy cat Winston, the comfort of Dave's arms, the way the Spirit occasionally graces my writing so that it touches and lifts someone's heart, seeing my best friend's face light up when we meet, seeing my sister filled with laughter and contentment in the company of her new boyfriend, and the laughter on the lips of my daughter M, my niece and their friends this evening at Lynn's party.
I am also grateful for the amazing communities to which I belong.
The intimate community of my family, in whose arms I feel the strength, courage and power that comes from being unconditionally loved. The community of people who fill my life, my heart, my soul.
The caring and fun community of folks with whom I am blessed to spend my working days. It is wonderful being able to come in to work each morning looking forward to seeing these friends.
My larger faith community with whom I joyfully worship, and who come together to support one another in so many ways. I am grateful to be a part of this church family, to contribute in ways such as knitting prayer shawls and adding my voice to choir. I am especially grateful that I am often able to join the ecumenical choir for funeral services. It is a great honour and privilege to lift the hearts of grieving families through song.
My blogging community, through which I have made some wonderful connections. In spite of never having met my blog friends in person (except for dear Maria!), I feel like I know many of them quite well. I am grateful for their warmth and caring through some rough patches, and grateful that my own blog has bytimes given them strength in return. Links to my favourite blogs are on my sidebar, blogs through which I have been inspired, amused, entertained and enlightened. Thanks my friends!
Found this image online when I googled community...I love it:
As always, each Friday I invite you to click over to Diana Strinati Baur's blog. Diana is the founder of the Gratitude Friday Club, and has a list of the club members on her blog...check them out too, your heart will be lifted by the wonderful expressions of gratitude.