Seeing and Receiving our Blessings: Ann Voskamp's Book One Thousand Gifts
As the summary of One Thousand Gifts reads, Voskamp's book shows readers "a way of seeing that opens [our] eyes to ordinary amazing grace." I roundly concur. (At time of writing, I've read about half of Voskamp's book.)
I'd like to share one of my favorite parts from One Thousand Gifts. Voskamp describes how things change for her when she begins to literally count her blessings…
Excerpt from One Thousand Gifts
Writing the list, it makes me feel … happy. All day. I can hardly believe how it does that, that running stream of consciousness, river I drink from and I'm quenched in, a surging stream of grace and it's wild how it sweeps me away … I can't understand why it does that…
Well, if all these were gifts that God gives – then wasn't my writing down the list like … receiving. Like taking with thanks… "And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them…" Gave thanks…
[Jesus] took the bread, even the bread of death, and gave thanks. I look down at my list. This thanks that I am doing – it seems so … crude. Trivial. If this list is the learning of the language of [gratitude,] this feels like … guttural groanings. But perhaps the "full of grace" vocabulary begins haltingly, simply, like a child, thankful for the childlike…
But doesn't the kingdom of heaven belong to such as these?
Sharing our Blessings: One Thousand Gifts App
When I truly see God's gifts I want to share them with others. That's where the mobile app comes in. Learn more about the app.
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