real thanks-living



“give thanks in all things”

thankful in the broken?

yes, even though…


minds may be murky

hearts can feel hurt-full

bodies sometimes besieged


our bleeding relationships

offered as sacrifice on altar

are sweet-smelling fragrance


only in our broken-ness

can we ever become

wise,  humble, healed.


there’s an aching beauty

in a cracked heirloom plate

or a rusty antique tractor


beauty begging to be

restored, renewed

to re-live again


living forever grateful!



(I Thessalonians 5:16-18)

14 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Snakypoet (Rosemary Nissen-Wade)
    Nov 30, 2014 @ 22:16:44

    I would like to think we can also get there through joy – but f we are broken, it is good to use it for deep healing. And the truth is, we can’t go through life without a few breaks.


  2. Mary
    Nov 29, 2014 @ 18:38:35

    Yes, through brokenness we can often gain wisdom! And that is a good thing that results from difficult times.


  3. Glenn Buttkus
    Nov 29, 2014 @ 06:37:19

    Yes, you had me at //the aching beauty of a rusted tractor/ something profound, even inspirational about patina, rebirth, regeneration. Sorry that my title for my piece was a bit offensive, but thanks for stopping by regardless.


  4. Victoria C. Slotto
    Nov 28, 2014 @ 22:46:03

    As I read this, I thought how very biblical this seems…and then I saw who wrote it! Beautiful, Lynn.


  5. katiemiafrederick
    Nov 28, 2014 @ 20:59:53

    True.. i think.. believe an know from experience that the darkness in life.. can be the greater of life’s experiences to give Thanksgiving for.. and now and then.. i revel back into darkness.. to take in.. and give thanks.. for how it all works together for the greater Thanks of life.. as is..:)

    Happy Thanksgiving to you.. and yours.. in light or darkness as prayer of life…:)


  6. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Nov 28, 2014 @ 19:08:42

    Alas.. Probably true.. Only in the broken we can become wise.. Maybe we should be thankful for every crack we mend.


  7. Kathy Reed
    Nov 28, 2014 @ 17:20:20

    Beautifully put! Sad for the brokenness but glad for the message.


  8. othermary
    Nov 28, 2014 @ 16:46:05

    This is good message for us, especially during the holidays when we have so many images of the “perfect” Thanksgiving or Christmas. Thank you, I’m glad I read this.


  9. bmiller007 (@bmiller007)
    Nov 28, 2014 @ 15:28:05

    only in our brokeness can we become wise…ha…yes it is the truth….only then are we usually humble enough to accept wisdom….there is much beauty in brokeness as well…that is for sure…


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