Tuesday of the Second Week of Advent
A few years ago my friend picked me up on a chilly winter morning in her old clunker car. The windshield defroster was broken, and as the car heated up I got more and more alarmed—the windshield was steaming up! We tried to keep driving but I couldn’t wipe fast enough to keep the windows clear. The steam got so thick that we had to pull over.
Practicing gratitude is like running the defroster. Life throws us curveballs, and especially during tough times they can obscure our vision of our lives. In reality, God is always caring for us in more big and small ways than we can number, and there are more blessings in one day than we have time to count. If we don’t incorporate gratitude into our daily thoughts, we will soon see only steam where there is actually beauty and grace. That’s when we are most vulnerable to life’s curveballs. When we pray for the grace to notice God’s affectionate touch from day to day, we begin to see that He really loves us and cares about even the minutest details in our lives. As the first reading for today says, gratitude shows us that He “gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart.”