Grateful – A Poem

In planning for Thankful Thursday, I asked my son for a synonym for thankful and he said, “Grateful.” I’ve been putting off writing a poem based on this most obvious synonym for thankful, but I guess it’s time to give in.

Grateful is a terrific word. There is so much in this life to be grateful for, plus there is eternal life with Jesus to be even more grateful for. This life is but a shadow of what is to come, but even the shadow has the basic characteristics of the original. And so I am dedicating this poem to all the wonders of this life and this world that God created.


God created this world for us to enjoy
ivers flow to wash away strife
ir to breath that gives us life
rees grow tall, bear fruit to eat
arth to cultivate vegetables, wheat
lowers bloom, their beauty we value
nder the sun shining from a sky of blue
ove created it all for His joy

There is so much in this world that God created for us to be grateful for. What part of God’s creation are you most thankful for?

God, the Lord, created the heavens and stretched them out.
      He created the earth and everything in it.
   He gives breath to everyone,
      life to everyone who walks the earth.
Isaiah 42:5.

I am a Jesus Freak, and I don't care who knows it. I am a wife, mother, sister, aunt, daughter, and friend. My blood family is only part of the larger family of Christ that I belong to. I love to write, especially about my dear Savior.


9 Responses

  1. Great post to make me stop anew and say thanks for my job, for the opportunity to love, for my blog friends, for my kiddos smile, for oranges — I have just eaten 3 of it, thank God!

    I like your HOPE banner! 🙂

    • Rea, Those are all great things to be grateful for! I like the oranges. 🙂 I’m glad you like the banner. It is a picture I took of a wood carving that I got at the American Cancer Society Relay for Life. It is my second one because the first one fell on the floor and was shattered. But after my hope was shattered, He restored it! Peace, Linda

  2. Yay! So thankful for your grateful poem. Loving my time here to rejuvenate and enjoy His goodness through your words, poems, scripture and everyone’s comments. So grateful for all of that! And, these last few days, our snow has melted and I’m so grateful to see the ground again! It’s mushy and muddy and messy with leaves , but oh so wonderful to me!
    God bless you as you lead us on in gratefulness!

    • Deb, We had snow yesterday! I was shocked to look out my window while I was getting ready for work and see huge flakes coming down. But it didn’t stick much. If I was you, I’d be grateful to see the ground again, too! We have a mushy, muddy mess even without having had any real snow. But that’s Oregon for you, the land of liquid sunshine! 🙂 Peace and gratitude, Linda

  3. Thanks, Linda 🙂

    I am grateful for the simple things that bring joy – butterflies, flowers, gentle breeze, the ocean… BUT I think I am most grateful for those He sends to help me on my daily walk. I’m grateful for those honest enough to speak the truth in love and those loving enough to embrace me even when I’m at my worst.

    Thankful too for you and the blogging community. There’s always a prayer or a word or a song to encourage another.

    God bless you as you share. I am grateful for you.

    With gratitude,

    P.S – I think I will email Eden tonight 😉

    • Ann, I am grateful for you, too! 🙂 You always have an encouraging word to share. I love your list of things you are grateful for and agree with them all. I especially agree with those He sends to help us. And I love your salutation! Peace, Linda

  4. Thanks for your touching poem. My husband and I are farmers in northern Ohio, and more than growing crops, we love taking care of the animals that are part of our world… the baby deer that are born in the spring, the ducks and geese that will soon be nesting, and barn cats… what a bunch of characters.

    We delight in what God gave us to love. My husband is not a Believer, but getting closer every day, I just know it. The animals are his contact with His creation. Thanks for reminding me how grateful/thankful I really am! : )

    • Linda, Oh yes, the animals! How could I forget. We have a dog and a cat that I just love and am grateful for. I will pray for your husband, that the Father will draw him to Jesus. We can be grateful that He is true to His Word and will grant us our prayers that are within His will (which I think this prayer falls in that category). 🙂 Peace, Linda

      • Absolutely. Thank you so very much, it means alot…

        P.S. He’s 74 and has Alzheimer’s. Time may be short, by not for the Lord.

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