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I know this is a broad subject, but today “life” is all I can think of. I am grateful for life and all of its intricacies. Dad is going through a major (and risky) surgery today to repair an aneurism that has refused to heal. We, the family, although spread out across the world, sit anxiously by our phones in hopes of receiving frequent updates on Dad’s condition. We utter prayers beseeching the Almighty for a good and positive outcome. How do I express gratitude when at the moment I’m on pins and needles waiting for word? What am I grateful for? Why blog at a time like this? The answer is simple; as I think of Dad I think of life. My parents not only gave me life, they taught me throughout our years to recognize the awesomeness of all things living. They taught us to respect the natural world, the sustainer of our physical bodies as well as our aesthetic senses. I think of Dad’s life, a humble and simple life, yet my brothers and I agree that Dad is the wisest man we know. I think of Mom beside him for 60+ years, and of the students who were fortunate enough to walk through her classroom, some of them forever changed as their eyes opened to the magnificence of life in its many forms (Mom taught middle school life science.) Day and night, each season, vegetation of all kinds, animals from the smallest amoeba to the largest whale and everything in between, all are worthy of gratitude. I think of the spiritual aspects of life that feeds our souls, yet that part of life cannot be seen or touched with our physical senses. But our spirits know. Right now I pray for the life of one man, but in praying for him I think of the preciousness and beauty of life. I am thankful for my Dad. I look forward to more years of life and joy with him and Mom. And even though I sit here nervously, anxiously waiting for word on his surgery, I am humbly and eternally grateful for LIFE!


  1. Thanks for sharing. Sometimes I find that questioning myself, frees more space up inside myself so that I can find more…. More love, more gratitude, More…. I’m sure you found more space also. Blessings.

    • Yes. You are correct. Blessings to you, too. 🙂
      BTW, Dad came through surgery in flying colors!

  2. What a wonderful heritage your parents have given you. Blessings to your family!

    • Joss! I just saw you over at Inspired Vision! Thanks for hopping over here, and for subscribing. Yes, my parents have created a wonderful legacy for me (and my brothers.) Blessings to you, too. 🙂

  3. wow… amazing picture with wonderful words written. I hope your father is good.

    • Thanks Doris. I am happy to report that he came through surgery in flying colors! He is still in a lot of pain and will be in the hospital for a bit, but the docs expecte his recovery to be complete and quick. Thanks for your kind words.

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