As I sit here this evening, hundreds of miles away my daughter is giving birth to my 5th grandchild. I anxiously await the phone call to hear "mother and baby are well". This waiting causes the deepest and strongest of emotions to boil over. Gratitude is what rises to the top.
I am certainly grateful as I count my blessings - which include my family. But there is an indescribable sense of gratitude what washes over one when he recognizes that both the good and the bad, the bitter and the sweet, the cold and the warmth, the pain and the joy, which are all part of our existence, are blessing from a loving God. As President Dieter F. Uchtdorf recently said,
Though my current feelings are not described as grief, discouragement, or despair, I, like every other human being, have experienced these over the years. And my gratitude has emerged as these trials have ended. Yet my real challenge is to maintain an attitude of gratitude that can withstand the onslaught of the future bitter pills that surely must come.
So in my current state of circumstantial gratitude where I await the birth of a beautiful grand-daughter, may I savor the sweetness of the hour with a thankful heart, and may I likewise commit to savor, with god-like perspective, my future - come what may.