I sat down last week with the spiral bound journal where I write gifts unwrapped and give thanks for the blessings. Inspired by One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp, I started this journal nine months ago. Some days I discover many gifts; some days one.
After having missed several days during the move to Pueblo, I happily returned to the habit of giving thanks to God by numbering His gifts. My heart was full with the day’s blessings and I couldn’t wait to write them out: “Beginning construction on Peanut’s room; Office Depot discounts; An exercise mat.”
I moved my purple teeth-marked pen to the next line, but stopped before the tip reached the page. I glanced back up the line above. #999.
One thousand gifts. A dare to find one thousand ways He loves me.
For a moment, I reconsidered what I planned to write next. I had always imagined that the following number would be something of great importance; some lofty, theology-laden, high-calling type thing.
I embarrassed myself a bit by such silliness. After all, isn’t this the whole point: “I don’t even know they are gifts until I write them down and that is really what they look like. Gifts He bestows. This writing it down – it is sort of like…unwrapping love. A child thankful for the childlike.”*
I lowered my pen to the page. #1000, Finding just the right camera setting for capturing a photo I really wanted.
There it was. Symbolic of everything this journey of giving thanks is about – unwrapping rich gifts of lavish love from the hand of a good Father. A child thankful for the childlike.
And so I continue – a thousand reasons, then a thousand more. “This is what it means to fully live.”
Unwrapping the Gifts
1001. Sitting in church with my husband’s arms draping my shoulders
1018 Getting the trash out early on trash day
1016. Cooking for my family in my new kitchen
1026. Sharing a Rib Eye steak with Peanut
1029. The first late-night front porch time with my best friend in our new haven
1028. Roasting marshmallows over the new fire pit my husband built
1036. Spring’s first lilac
Please tell me, what gifts have you unwrapped this week?
*One Thousand Gifts, pg 45