Last year I challenged myself to write a thankful post every day in November. Revisiting those posts stirred up a lot of gratitude. So, here we go, November 2020 – it is time for daily gratitudes.
This chair is full of things that bring gratitude. There is coffee – coffee is always on my gratitude list. And yarn. This is the yoke for the Porty Pullover by Gudrun Johnston. But mostly, this picture is about the chair. This was my dad’s chair. It was given to him by the seminary he attended. In their retirement, my parents were very generous with their giving. They helped the seminary start a department for pastoral chaplaincy. That program is still the model for other universities and seminaries. While the seminary is denominational, the chaplaincy students come from a wide variety of faith communities. I have been able to stay connected to the people who oversee that program.
But back to the chair. About 9 years ago, the president of the seminary and the chair of the program asked mom and dad if they could come for a visit. When they arrived, they had this chair and second one for my mom. Dad loved his chair. You can see the wear on the arms where he rubbed the beautiful wood. In his last few years, he was in a wheelchair so the chair became a welcome spot for me to sit when I was visiting. I am grateful to have this chair in my home. I didn’t even realize how much I would love the worn arms. I am especially grateful to my parents for helping me realize that when we have more, we need to give more. I may not do it perfectly but I am working on it.