Bless and Praise

Bless and praise

Dusting is not one of my favorite activities, but yesterday when, in the spirit of Thanksgiving, I combined it with an activity I call “Bless and Praise “, it was very meaningful.

Starting with the top of my drop-leaf desk it went something like this:

As I dusted the clock which I inherited from my Aunt Florine I blessed her memory and praised her for the many important things she taught me. As one by one I picked up the many frames, I took the time to give thanks for each person pictured and to send them a silent blessing.

Bless and Praise is a habit I’ve fallen out of recently but I first adopted it years ago in an attempt to turn the work of polishing the silver on my hutch into a pleasurable task. As I dipped my hands into the pan of water and lifted out each spoon, I would think of the person who gave me the spoon or other silver object and praise their presence in my life. Then as I dusted or washed other items on the hutch, I realized that each was a reminder of a person – living or passed on- of a place visited, of a special occasion.

So in this week of daily reminders of Black Friday I have visual reminders of the many blessings in my life, and I lift up a word of thanks for them!

© Dorothy C. Judd

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About twofelines

What to say? I love my family and friends. I also love kids, cats, and books. Oh, and potato chips and Cheez-its. I am a retired teacher who still loves to be in the classroom, so now I am a substitute teacher.
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3 Responses to Bless and Praise

  1. sally tallmadge says:

    this speaks to the value of simplicity. it also sounds like a great memory device.

  2. efmcmahon says:

    Bless and praise! What a beautiful practice Dorothy, so thoughtful and conscious.

    You’ve offered a wonderful example of gratitude. I’m going to do this Wed as I get ready for guests and come upon similar material gifts that symbolically connect me
    to those I love.

    Happy Thanksgiving and many blessings.

  3. jen says:

    What a great idea! Xo

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