Guest Post: ‘The Words which Change Everything’ by Anita Mathias

The words
which take the hard walnut of the present

When it feels
devoid of nourishment, just hard, just hard
take it, and crack it,
reveal the sweet meat within it,
Are: Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.
Though my
day is not panning out as it should,
my work is not panning out as it should,
Though my
nerves are fraying,
energy and love has leaked from my heart,
Thank you, thank you, thank you.
For your
goodness endures,
For the
sun rises painting the sky,
For the
sun sets, making it blaze,
For the
mind you given me to praise you,
For the
people who love me,
For the
people I love,
For this
world so full of beauty,
Though all
is not as I want it to be,
Thank you.
Oh, you
take the hard shell of your cantankerous heart,
And with
the nutcracker of thanks split it open into joy,
him for the glad moments and the hard moments,
there is nothing He cannot redeem.
you that this world is full of goodness.
much is taken,
And much
may never be as I want it to be,
So much
goodness remains,
And for
Thank you!

Mathias is the author of Wandering Between Two Worlds  (Benediction Classics, 2007). She has won a writing fellowship
from The National Endowment for the Arts, and her writing has appeared in The Washington Post, The London Magazine,  Commonweal,  America,
The Christian Century, and The Best Spiritual Writing anthologies.
Anita blogs
at Dreaming Beneath the Spires, www.anitamathias.com
you can
find her on Twitter @anitamathias1 and or on Facebook at Dreaming Beneath the Spires.


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