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Giving Thanks


by Karen E. Rigley

November is the month of Thanksgiving and remembering our blessings. At times we can find ourselves so caught up in problems or hectic schedule we forget to appreciate the bounty of blessings surrounding us. From the promise of sunrise to sharing a smile with a loved one to the giggle of a child, we often fail to appreciate the most precious things. I challenge you this month to offer thanks for those you care about, for the beauty surrounding us and for the good moments of your life.


Sometimes we get lost

in our daily crush,

letting life demands

get in the way

we forget

to note the blessings,

great and small,

showered upon us each day.

                                                                                        Karen Elizabeth Rigley

Beauty radiates in the silver spill of moonlight
upon undulating ocean waves.
Beauty radiates in the delighted ring of children’s
laughter as they play hide and seek.
Beauty radiates with a night-blooming jasmine’s soft
haunting fragrance drifting through the air.
Beauty radiates in the shimmering peace of snowflakes
blanketing a sleeping landscape.
Beauty radiates with music of a songbird
welcoming the iridescent dawn.
Beauty radiates as a scarlet rose blossoms,
revealing velvet petals one by one.
Beauty radiates with a hushed lullaby as a mother
sings her baby asleep.
Beauty radiates in the luminous reflections
mirrored within a sparkling lake.
Beauty radiates as a glowing sunset
flames the horizon ablaze with color.
Beauty radiates in the warm accepting embrace
of brotherly love for all mankind.

                                  Karen Elizabeth Rigley


Comments on: "Giving Thanks" (5)

  1. Lynda Hartson said:

    Beautiful post, badly needed by many of us who take small but priceless happenings for granted each day….

  2. Thanks, Lynda. I am thankful for so much–including special people lke you!

  3. A beautiful and thought-provoking post, Karen! Thank you. 🙂

  4. Bonnie K. Winn said:

    You’ve captured all the beauty of why we should be thankful in a thought provoking way that really touched me. It’s a meaningful, beautiful post. Thank you for this blessing that was much needed.

  5. Bec & Bonnie, thank you both. This is to remind me as well as share with you. Keeps me in tune with what’s right–not what’s wrong. Sometimes it’s easy to drift, yet we have so many amazing blessings.

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