Last night I went to bed with a cup full of bad news. It isn't the kind of cup overflow I prefer but the benefit of having very little sleep for the last week meant no amount of stressful news could keep these eyes open. I slept really well last night! I woke thinking that at least that was a jumping off point for gratitude, some small light in the darkness.
As I made my way downstairs I was greeted by two tiny lights. One is the dvd player light that is always on but somehow the light of electricity working was a comfort. It brings to mind all the things I take for granted that are working well.
The second small light was a blue ring seeming to hover over the coffee table. It took me a second to place it as a glow bracelet my daughter had from Halloween. This light resonated with me for the symbolism it held. Glow bracelets require effort to glow. In fact, you have to break them, not just once, but in a lot of places to get them to glow. This little beacon of light in the dark is the product of all those breaks.
We may have gotten some bad news last night but my husband and I still have each other to lean on and our ears to receive it. There are still blessings and plenty of things to be grateful for all around us. And if we let it, each of these little breaks can let a new light shine.
I'm grateful to have my husband by my side through good and bad. I'm grateful to know that we will get through this current challenge as we have gotten through all the others. I'm grateful for our health. I'm grateful to wake with electricity and heating. I'm grateful for a roof over our head and reliable transportation. I'm grateful for jobs that are flexible to accommodating meeting workmen at the house. I'm grateful for research that allows us to estimate expenses before we even receive the bids. I'm grateful for priorities and to keep moving forward. I'm grateful for the two little lights in the darkness this morning that remind me of all I have to be grateful for today.
What are you grateful for that usually gets taken for granted? What light can you find in the darkness?
May today remind us that the challenges are there to brighten the blessings. May we remember all we have and trust that the challenges will grow to be blessings as well. Have a beautiful day!