912. No one is as capable of gratitude as one who has emerged from the kingdom of night. ~Elie Wiesel

Patience asks us to live the moment to the fullest,
to be completely present to the moment,
to taste the here and now, to be where we are.
Help us then, Lord, to be patient and
trust that the treasure we look for is hidden
in the holy ground on which we stand
and apparent even in the absence of light.
~Edited and adapted excerpt by
Henri Nouwen

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O, Ancient of Days, as daylight splits the veil of night, I praise Your holy name and wonder if you come to my garden still. If you do, do you come only in the early hours as I sensed at dawn today? Or do you come as well at dusk when light bedecks, with a touch of quicksilver sparkle, only the very tops of things making out of ordinary beauty that which is extraordinary? Is it in praise of your divine glory that the birds linger and chatter before their daytime forays and then again as they return at day’s end to find rest for the night? Are the gentle breezes I feel upon my face your very breath and the flowers I see fallen jewels from your holy crown? Do the bees and butterflies yet nectar in autumn to guarantee Eden’s resurrection after winter’s wrath consumes them. O, God, I want to know more of you and do believe you are here with me always; for if not on the lawn, I find your footprints upon my heart.

Let us approach God’s throne of grace with confidence so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. ~Hebrews 4:16  ✝

**Image of titmouse and autumn berries via Pinterest

39 thoughts on “912. No one is as capable of gratitude as one who has emerged from the kingdom of night. ~Elie Wiesel

  1. What a delightful thought. To get a tiny glint of our Lord in our gardens would be a wonderful blessing to the eyes and soul. Also know that if not for Him we would not see buds unfold to beautiful blooms, or one year’s bulb become two or three the next.

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  2. So lovely Natalie. We only have to open our eyes to see God, each place I look He is there in the eyes of another person, in nature, even in my waiting times. Today I found Him in a bus, in the presence of the driver who was looking for someone to help him find money for new tires for the church bus. He asked if I was Christian, and when I told him “yes” he asked if I minded if he made some personal calls about the church bus. I had all day, and told him that, so he made his calls and I am now praying that he finds the funding he needs for those tires. Many HUGS)))) A.

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