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the quiet ambition of thanks

When making it your ambition to lead a quiet life, working with your hands, the fingers come to easily bend, fold together, bow, in a posture of thanks.

So this is how a life catches light.

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… just quiet thanks for a quiet life

#1996 – #2014 of one thousand, endless gifts

the lights of home up on the hill after a day travelling thousands of miles

the smell of his skin

kissing the crook of her neck first thing in morning

watching the sun rise from home, over our fields, us all here together again

roads that led to working & envisioning & laughing with an amazing team committed to the High Calling of our daily work

the meeting of a long dear friend

escaping the tyranny of the new

the ache of fasting

Christ, my only bread

farming hands

no such thing as too much love

leftovers in the fridge in the dark of eleven o’clock

coming home to an empty laundry basket

the familiar curve of our mattress under tired bones

not having to measure up

porridge on October mornings

the silence of gravel roads

a day ahead — a life ahead — of working with hands

patches of light

the quietest things

… make it your ambition to lead a quiet life…

~ 1 Thess. 4:11

give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

~ 1 Thess. 5:18

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Want to drink the wonder of gratitude? Consider joining the Gratitude Community – just jump in with your own counting! How to begin your own 1000 Gift List ::: How Gratitude Can Change your Life

( Drop me a line if choose to begin giving intentional thanks and gather fresh joy and I will happily add either your name or a web link to the Gratitude Community I’m slowly getting caught up on meeting all you beautiful folks who have joined the Gratitude Community. Thank you for your kind grace and patience! I’m so looking forward to meeting you all soon!) 

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Monday, October 4th, 2010 | Eucharistic Living, Farming, Gift List, Gratitude, Quiet