The Recorder – Faith Matters: Thank you! A list of good things to celebrate
As I write this article for the Recorder, it is a beautiful sunny summer day. On a day like this it is easy to remember the scripture: “This is the day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be happy in this. (Psalm 118: 24)
These words couldn’t be more useful or needed in our lives. With everything that has happened in the past year, we can sometimes feel “worn out”. But whether life is easy or difficult, bright or dull, and whether the days are hot and dry or cold and humid, there is always an opportunity to celebrate something of God’s many good blessings. The key is to open our eyes (and hearts) and take notice. Then whisper or shout, “Thank you! ”
With that in mind, I offer you a list of good things to celebrate, and invite you to add your own.
To fall in love. Laugh so hard that your face hurts. Puppy kisses.
Whistling. Coffee with a friend. A hot shower on a cold morning. Smiles.
Family visit. No queues at the grocery store. A special look.
Receive a card in the mail. Take a walk on a pretty county road. Babies.
Listen to your favorite song. Bird watching at the feeder. Sing with a choir.
Lying in bed listening to the rain outside. Hot towels out of the dryer.
Find great sales at your favorite store. Dine outside. The cats purr.
Ice cream trucks. A long distance phone call. Road trips.
Laugh with the children. A good conversation. Picnics. Exercise.
A day at the beach. Painting ‘in the open air’, Bike ride.
Your favorite team wins. Crowds. The smell of fresh bread.
Calm. Feel healthy. Swimming on a hot day.
The sound of thunder. Hug. Naps. Flowers. Gifts.
Tai chi and yoga. Listen to a great comedy routine. Birthdays.
Watch a classic movie, again. Hiking. Read a bestseller.
Watch the glow of a fire. Speak and “be heard”. Cuddles.
Find a $ 20 bill in your pants from last summer. Full moons.
Christmas. Someone tell you that you are beautiful. Fireworks.
A glass of wine. Running through sprinklers. Children playing tag.
Laugh for no reason. Brothers and sisters. Parades.
A joke inside. Sweet Dreams. The first snowfall. Small children.
Accidentally hear someone say something nice about you. Barbecues.
Waking up and realizing that you still have a few hours to sleep. Bird songs.
Make new friends or spend time with old ones. 4th July.
Hot chocolate. Eat strawberries on the ground. Gardens.
Have someone rub your shoulders. Valentine’s Day. Car trips for fun.
Walk in the woods. Make eye contact with a cute stranger.
Win a match. Dogs being dogs. Make bubbles. Names of animals.
Go to a good restaurant. Homemade cookies, hot from the oven.
See smiles and hear laughter from your friends. Wildlife in your garden.
Friends who support you in difficult times. A pleasant conversation with a stranger.
Fireworks. Dancing. Hear the bells ringing. Vacation.
Hold the hand of someone who matters to you. Watch the sunset – or the sunrise.
Meet an old friend and find that some things never change. Birthdays.
The expression on someone’s face when they open that “perfect gift” from you.
Get out of bed every morning and thank God for another day.
Know that God loves you – always!
About the church
The Trinitarian Congregation Church (United Church of Christ) now has outdoor worship (indoors in bad weather) at 10 a.m. on Sundays. COVID-19 guidelines are followed on an honor system. Other activities and events are organized at the church where possible. For more information, contact the church office at 413-498-5839.