Beloved, I give thanks for a place to rest my head tonight, for a bowl of warmth and nourishment to ease my hunger, for a story and a song and a friend to share both with, for these and so many gifts of living that brighten each night and each day. My heart sings with gratitude! I give thanks for the simple joys and for the ones that I awake to only after struggle and steadfast effort, the joys that happen after years of trying and tending and failing and trying again. My heart sings with gratitude! I give thanks for the ones I love, for those who care and those who are kind, those who fumble and stumble and struggle alongside, those who welcome me and those I welcome as strangers who become friends. My heart sings with gratitude! I give thanks for wonderment and for beauty, for the seasons and for the celebrations, for the daily tasks and the daily blessings that each of us offers this world. My heart sings with gratitude! Beloved, may I dwell in thanksgiving night and day, attentive to the gifts and blessings that are and that may be through each of our efforts, through a life well lived. Amen.