Even a 3.5-yr-old and a 1.5-yr-old can express gratitude, with a little help.
Starting now, early, writing down gifts together…
that they may treasure the Giver of all good gifts from their youth…
and that I may learn and grow up with them in this grace of gratitude-giving.
#350-365 of the continual river of gifts:
Neon post-its of gifts stuck on our windows
Kids learning early how to count gifts
Colossians repetition of gratitude: Ch. 1 “giving joyful thanks”, Ch. 2 “overflowing with thanksgiving”, Ch. 3 “and be thankful...”
A new day with its own brand-new mercies sufficient for everything it will hold
A morning walk, filled with birds and birdsong
Boys quietly playing together
An orange Dr. Seuss-esque watering can
The fall of fresh water on plants
Little hands held out to catch the droplets
Shrieks of delight
The blessing of running water. Full stop. (I will never take it for granted again!)
Jesus, the River of Living Water; Jesus, the River-Maker
Him, the River-Maker, living in my soul-garden
Never soul-thirsting again!
On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out,
"If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink.
"Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said,
'Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.' "