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Grateful for the Thorns


“To be grateful for the good things that happen in our lives is easy, but to be grateful for all of our lives—the good as well as the bad, the moments of joy as well as the moments of sorrow, the successes as well as the failures, the rewards as well as the rejections—that requires hard spiritual work. Still, we are only grateful people when we can say thank you to all that has brought us to the present moment. As long as we keep dividing our lives between events and people we would like to remember and those we would rather forget, we cannot claim the fullness of our beings as a gift of God to be grateful for. Let’s not be afraid to look at everything that has brought us to where we are now and trust that we will soon see in it the guiding hand of a loving God.” #HenriNouwen #truth #wisdomfromthecoffeehouse #UnabashedHope #gratefulforthethorns 


Thank You


Thank You

Thank You, Daddy,
for pushing and pulling me
Through this healing journey.
I know that I can be stubborn
And stiff-necked so often.

Thank You for staying
Right beside me and doing
What is best for me
– even if I don’t think it is at the time.

Thank You for all of it
– the good, the bad, and the ugly.
I trust that You know
Exactly what I need.

I trust You to reveal
What has long been buried
And hidden way down deep
On the inside of me.

Thank You for teaching
And instructing me.
Thank You for all the lessons
– the difficult as well as the pleasant.

Thank You for answering
My endless questions.
Thank You for holding my hand
And walking me through
Each and every maze
– leading me into ever
Increasing areas of freedom.

I trust You.
I love You.
I yield to You
And Your will.

I give myself over to
Your specialized methods.
Thank You for sticking
With me every time I’ve
Pushed You away
And run from Your Hand.

Thank You for remaining
By my side even when
I blame You for all
That I am going through.

For all this, and more
Thank you.
I trust You.
Help me to trust You more.

~ Laurie Pontious-Andrews