Thursday, November 26, 2009

Thankful

Some days we forget to look around us
Some days we can't see the joy that surrounds us
So caught up inside ourselves
We take when we should give

I sang this song last night at a Thanksgiving Eve service. I believe that location can be an inspiration and that was what I experienced last evening. I stood at the back of the all-wood building and felt the sound rise to the high vaulted ceiling and go beyond. I thought this was appropriate...before I sang, I had looked up and thought, I'm singing for You.

So for tonight we pray for
What we know can be
And on this day we hope for
What we still can't see

I have been given so much and awarded so many opportunities that I often feel overwhelmed with what I feel I don't deserve. I have a family who I know without any doubts loves me. And I feel as though I have the most amazing friends in the world, friends who encourage...laugh with me...hold me when I'm crying. I'm currently enrolled at Judson College and I know this is where God wants me right now and I'm so glad He gently shoved me in this direction when I wasn't exactly listening to Him.

It's up to us to be the change
And even though we all can still do more
There's so much to be thankful for

I'm thankful for...
...my home, both literally and figuratively, that has been provided for me.
...the security I feel when surrounded by my family
...cooling during the summer and warmth during the winter

Look beyond ourselves, there's so much sorrow
It's way too late to say, I'll cry tomorrow
Each of us must find our truth
We're so long overdue

...my brothers, no matter how crazy, I love them to death
...my sister, Esther. I can't imagine life without her.
...my sisters-in-law: Ginger, Amanda, and Racheal. They have added so much to my life, including nephews and a niece. =)
...my parents, who have brought me up, been supporters and an encouragement during my 19 years of life.

So for tonight we pray for
What we know can be
And on this day we hope for
What we still can't see

It's up to us to be the change
And even though we all can still do more
There's so much to be thankful for

More than anything, I'm thankful for...music. I am so thankful for the abilities that I've been given, for the chance to develop and to use them correctly. Without music, life would lose so much of its color, dynamic, and...well, life. God knew what He was doing when he sang my life into existence. I'm here for a reason and though I don't know what yet...I'm so thankful to just be here. Alive.

And even with our differences
There is a place we're all connected
Each of us can find each others' love

So for tonight we pray for
What we know can be
And on this day we hope for
What we still can't see

It's up to us to be the change
And even though this world needs so much more
There's so much to be thankful for


Lyrics from "Thankful", sung by Josh Groban

2 comments:

Anna Naomi said...

Beautiful post, Miriam! The song is lovely, and so is what you've written. We have a lot to be thankful for - some the same things, some different - but all praise to the Lord!

Ella said...

I have to agree with everything Anna said! I love that song of Josh Groban. I think of it as well when I think about Thanksgiving (and it is on his Christmas CD =)

You have a wonderful day, my dear.