With a deep sigh of surrender, I eased back into the sofa. The joint and muscle pain was just too much. I had hoped for a walk, but once again it would need to be put on hold.
It had been nearly a year since all the pain had started. Since life had drastically changed.
As I sat, thoughts of my son’s similar rapid descent into poor health consumed my mind.
Frustration. Disappointment. Weariness. Concern. Anger.
They were beginning to take over. Laughter wasn’t a priority. And gratitude had descended to the bottom of my priority list.
The light of hope that had once filled my heart was barely flickering.
And I was allowing it to happen.What do we do when gratitude feels difficult?When laughter has disappeared?When hope is fading?… Click To Tweet
You see, gratitude and hope are firmly intertwined with each other. One does not exist without the other. So, how could I expect my hope to overflow if I wasn’t looking at life through a filter of gratitude?
In all honesty, I didn’t feel like being grateful.
It would mean consciously trading my complaints for praises. It would mean taking my eyes off the pain, concern, and frustration and placing it instead on the everyday gifts for which I could be thankful. But in that season, through that pain, it felt too difficult…
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