Gratitude and Everyday Epiphanies

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John Milton said, “Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to experience everyday epiphanies.”
I love that quote. Yes, I am sure that gratitude bestows reverence. Thankfulness helps me remember that everything I have is from God. God orchestrates the sun and the clouds to give me a sunny day –even in November! He gives gifts of faith, of love, of grace. Gratitude brings reverence to my days.
Milton also says that gratitude allows us to experience epiphanies. My dictionary gives two meanings for the word epiphany:
  • a moment in which you suddenly see or understand something in a new or very clear way 
  • an appearance or manifestation especially of a divine being

Thankfulness enables us to see our everyday lives in a new way. We can complain about snow on the ground or we thank God for its beauty. We can gripe about the toys all over the family room or be grateful the children in our lives that put them there.

Thankfulness helps us to “see” God. Of course, God is always with us. But our busy, messy lives often crowd out our awareness of Him. A small prayer of gratitude even in the midst of a chaotic morning is enough to “manifest” His presence to our spirits.

The apostle Paul wrote:

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.

Colossians 3:15

Could it be that one way to let the peace of Christ rule in our hearts is to be grateful? That as we stop to say thanks we push out a bit of discontent from our hearts and make room for peace?

This week is a national celebration of Thanksgiving. At overcrowded tables all over the country, people will stop to give thanks.

Let’s carry that attitude of thanksgiving throughout the year. As we do, we will see our lives in a new way. We will discover God in the mundane corners of our days.

Question: What are you thankful for today?

 

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