Tuesday, January 31, 2012

"One Thousand Gifts"

is a suiting title for Ann Voskamp’s biographical book.  She recounts her struggle with viewing God as ungracious and her mission to change her perception by listing one thousand things she is thankful for.  According to the back cover, she "beckons you to leave the parched ground of pride, fear, and white-knuckle control and abandon yourself to God who overflows your cup."  She "turns pain into poetry" and "gently teaches you how to biblically lament loss."  Her list has reminded me that God’s love for us is obvious even in the smallest “gifts.”

Some of my favorites from her list are:
Clean sheets smelling like wind
Bare toes in early light
Jam piled high on toast
Moonlight on pillows
Kisses in the dark
Frost’s first crunch
Kettle whistling for tea on a cold afternoon
Crackle in the fireplace
Wool sweaters with turtle neck collars
Toothless smiles
Suds all colors in the sun

I began making my own list, which I will add to periodically here on this blog:
1. Old leather boots resoled
2. Live jug band
3. A father’s happy tears  
4. Homemade pie crust with butter-- shameless
5. Snapping uncooked asparagus
6. High pressure warm shower in small, steam-trapping bathroom
7. Blowing bubbles in facial cleanser
8. Babies’ toes
9. Yellow light on white sheets
10. Winter-cool wood floors under quick bare feet in morning
11. Coffee aroma in 7am kitchen
12. Undercooked chocolate chip cookies
13. Cherry blossoms falling like snow

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