An ancient prophet gave the encouragement, "By small and simple things are great things brought to pass."
I've always loved this scripture. It reminds me that I do not need to possess great talents or skills or courage to make a difference in the world.
Most of us will not lead a nation out of bondage as did Moses. Nor will we build an ark to save our families and friends from an earth-sweeping flood. (I don't know about you, but I'm relieved to know I probably won't be called upon to do those kinds of things.)
But what can I do?
I can pray for someone who is sick.
I can send a card to a friend who is lonely.
I can listen.
I can tend a grandchild.
I can embrace a friend who is grieving.
By the same token, I have been the recipient of many small and simple things. A comment on this blog lifts my spirits. A hug from a grandchild warms my heart. Whispered words of "I love you, Grandma" from a long distance grandchild do the same.
What are the small and simple things in your life? Are you like me, a grandmother who dotes on anything to do with her grandchildren? Are you a teacher like my future daughter-in-law and delight in watching a child grasp a new skill?
So, for today, I am grateful for small and simple things.