Like Thunder Follows Lightning

gratitude.rockwellThere are few things more subversive in this world than someone who sees grace in every corner, who chuckles easy and loves easy and has both whimsy and mirth mixed in with even their honest assessments of the way things truly are. These glad-hearted people have discovered that thankfulness is not merely a discipline but the only sane way to live in a world offering so much gritty beauty, so much possibility for love, so many joys.

These unlikely provocateurs have not caved to rose-tinted glasses or withdrawn from bitter reality. They simply know that sorrow does not finally own the day. They do not ignore the pain. Quite the opposite, their heart has grown so large that the life they know possesses the courage to see all that is wrong and yet has strength enough to gather the afflictions into itself, allowing love to tend to the wounds. They know that joy, not misery, holds the ace. And they are so very, very thankful.

“Grace and gratitude belong together like heaven and earth,” say Barth. “Grace evokes gratitude like the voice of an echo. Gratitude follows grace as thunder follows lightning.”

13 responses to Like Thunder Follows Lightning

  1. “Gratitude follows grace as thunder follows lightening.”

    And on its tails, along comes joy, like a heavy rain, drenching.

  2. “Gratitude is pure, the purist of emotions.” David Steindal-Rast. I heard him say this about 30 years ago in Charlottesville and never forgot it.

  3. I love your use of the word subversive. This is such a great message for anytime but especially at this time. Thank you.

  4. “These glad-hearted people have discovered that thankfulness is not merely a discipline but the only sane way to live in a world offering so much gritty beauty, so much possibility for love, so many joys.”

    Love that. What a great reminder.

  5. I’ve been thinking through this whole concept of gratitude and joy/pain etc. You’ve voiced in so beautifully here. Thanks for sharing.

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