Thanksgiving is coming in two days. My house still needs work. We still need to buy a few groceries. The food still needs to be prepared. And the list goes on. If I just focus on the long list, I feel overwhelmed. Just this morning I was preparing the rest of the apples for making applesauce.
Usually I enjoy cooking, but preparing these apples suddenly seemed to be drudgery. Something needed to change. I needed an attitude adjustment. After I peeled, cored, cut and put the apples in the pot I took a break.
Outdoors, Photos and Haiku
Yesterday I worked on a haiku to go along with a photo. Today, as I looked at it, I wasn’t satisfied with the picture. I went outside to see if I could get a better one. The time out in the crisp air was just what I needed. It even started to rain while I was there, but it didn’t bother me. When I came back inside the aroma of simmering apples permeated the air and felt comforting somehow.
After loading my pictures onto the computer I finally narrowed it down to two. One was taken today and the other in March. Maybe I’ll use both and let you decide which you like best.
Tall the old oak stands
Limbs once full of leaves now bare
Await winter’s chill
I was in a creative mood, so more haiku was in order. When I was at the Botanical Gardens I took a close-up of some ginkgo leaves. As I studied them this is what came to mind:
Hanging on the tree
Ginkgo leaves flap in the wind
Like butterfly wings
When I go out in nature and observe God’s creation, I can’t stay in a bad mood. Instead I want to praise Him and look for the beauty in ordinary things. It reminds me to be thankful. My desire is to live a life full of praise and thanksgiving.
On Thursday we will have some of our kids and grandkids with us to celebrate with good food and fun. Whether you share with family and friends or eat alone, may you and I remember to give thanks.
Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth.
Serve the Lord with gladness;
Come before Him with joyful singing.
Know that the Lord Himself is God;
It is He who has made us, and ]not we ourselves;
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
Enter His gates with thanksgiving
And His courts with praise.
Give thanks to Him, bless His name.
For the Lord is good;
His lovingkindness is everlasting
And His faithfulness to all generations.