A million thanks, Eternal One,
for all the gifts of life.
For each element, each life form,
that intersects with mine,
I offer my deep gratitude.
For the sun, air, and clouds,
the tamaracks, maples, and willows,
For the blue jays, crows, and geese,
the bunnies, squirrels, and fox,
For the moths, bees, and spiders,
the asters, sunflowers, and goldenrod,
For the apples, squash, and carrots,
the grains, seeds, and nuts,
For ponds, creeks, and rain,
the rocks, soil, and compost,
For neighbours, friends, and strangers,
and all microscopic life I cannot see,
For this community, ecosystem, home,
for this place of belonging and connection,
and for a million other ways you
bless my life and all lives,
I am truly thankful to you, the
Ground of our being,
Creator of all that was,
and is, and ever shall be.
- Wendy Janzen
Reflections, poetry, prayers, photos, and resources written by Wendy Janzen unless otherwise noted.