This book has challenged me to be thankful, to look for the gifts in the ordinary. Sure it is easy to pick out gifts on the mountaintop, but what about gifts in the valley? Gifts in the mundane? Gifts in the chaos? Gifts in the piles of laundry, messes that don't stay cleaned up, screaming, fighting kids?
Yes, it is possible to find those gifts.
A long time ago, we had Colin start a Thankful Book. Each night we would write down something we were thankful for. In our own way, we were finding the gifts of God in our lives. For a small child, the gifts were very concrete: my stuffed animal, my tv, my bike. But the older we get, the gifts become "deeper:" the quietness of a blackout, the warmth of towels fresh out of the dryer, the lone cardinal perched overhead.
Since beginning the book, I have also begun my list of one thousand gifts.
I will rejoice and give thanks for the gifts My Father has given me.