It's nearly Thanksgiving, (how did that happen? Time is flying by at amazing speed!) and I have had gratitude on my mind and in my heart ever since General Conference. Pres. Monson's talk about gratitude spoke clearly to me and while gratitude is something I always try to cultivate, I know I"m far from perfect in expressing it. But I have so much and I truly am so grateful.

I'm grateful for all the 'usual' things - -friends, family, a wonderful husband, grandma-hood, a home that I love, and so many things. But I have been recently introduced to a new favorite song (appropriately entitled "Grateful") and there as a verse that spoke to me so clearly that I'm pretty sure I've already committed it to memory.

"I feel a hand holding my hand,
It's not a hand you can see.
But on the road to the promised land
That hand will shepherd me.
Through delight and despair,
Holding tight and always there.

Grateful, grateful,
Truly grateful I am.
Grateful, grateful.
Truly blessed and duly grateful."
(John Bucchino)

I am so grateful for that hand, which I feel often in my life. I have (finally) learned that giving thanks for the things I have makes me so much happier than keeping score and missing the things I don't have.

Happy Thanksgiving! I'm grateful for all of you.


Jill said...

You always nail everything right on the head.

Thanks for a great something to think about this morning!

Ashley said...

Ugh...Sister Mason--you did again. Your posts always give me something to work on. I certainly do overly focus on things that I feel like I'm missing out on, but boy do I ever have so much to be grateful for.

Thank you!!

Mia said...

Beautiful Jan! Happy Thanksgiving.

Natalie Scott said...

This Thanksgiving I am particularly thankful for YOU Jan! Oh, what would I do without you??

Thank you for the wonderful reminder. I am a truly blessed person myself and you're right...the more grateful you are the happier you become! Have a wonderful week with your beautiful family. :)

Candace said...

I absolutely love those lyrics. I'll admit, it brought some tears to my eyes. Thank you for always knowing exactly what to post! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Suzanne said...

Oh how I loved that last paragraph of this post. That said it all. Thanks for reminding me, Jan. You remind me of important things in such a gentle, helpful way. I appreciate it!