Years ago, a sister by heart gave me a poem her mom had given to her decades before. I appreciated it at the time, but as time went by this poem became more and more meaningful. For the last few years, it has been a part of my daily morning prayers, so I’d like to share it with you today.
“i thank You God for most this amazing” by e.e. cummings
i thank You God for most this amazing
day: for the leaping greenly spirits of trees
and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything
which is natural which is infinite which is yes
(i who have died am alive again today,
and this is the sun’s birthday; this is the birth
day of life and of love and wings: and of the gay
great happening illimitably earth)
how should tasting touching hearing seeing
breathing any–lifted from the no
of all nothing–human merely being
doubt unimaginable You?
(now the ears of my ears awake and
now the eyes of my eyes are opened)
Gratitude brings joy into every day, but is especially meaningful in a time of waiting or anticipation. Thankfulness brings us right into the present, right where God is. You can happily spend some time with God today by thanking him in one of the following ways:
Journal for 5 or 10 minutes thanking God for today. What are you most thankful for right now, for today? Looking forward to? Share it all with Him in a prayer.
Take a 10 to 20 minute prayer walk. What do you see? The green trees, the blue sky? What do you feel? The warm sun, a breeze? Notice the beauty around you and thank God for it as you experience it with Him.
Start a gratitude list. Thank God for the blessings/gifts that He has given you.
This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. — Psalm 118:24
— Kathryn Trainor, Prayer Team