"I look down at the pen, this pen I keep wielding, one writing her way all the way to one thousand. This pen: this is nothing less than the driving of nails. Nails driving out my habits of discontent and driving in my habit of eucharisteo....Because the habit of discontentment can only be driven out by hammering in one iron sharper. The sleek pin of gratitude." (Voskamp 49)
As I write this, Nancy Casari Dayton's post "Learning the Discipline of Giving Thanks" has been up for two days. I recently discovered One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp and intended to introduce it to readers of the Writers Circle. Ann Voskamp makes a warm and convincing case of the benefits of watching for God's handiwork throughout the day and recording these 'gifts.' Read Nancy's post, because she explains eucharisteo—giving thanks. She understands the impact this habit can have on people who discover the dark secret of ingratitude in their souls! Building on her introduction, I will list five things to know about giving thanks.