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Hungry for Beauty

By Dave Henning / January 17, 2013

Ann Voskamp’s (One Thousand Gifts) six children are seated at the table, waiting for a dinner that already is late.  Yet Ann’s husband excitedly wants to share the harvest moon he’s just observed with her.  As they run off to see the moon, Ann becomes aware that until the present moment she hadn’t even noticed […]

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What do you want?

By Dave Henning / January 16, 2013

In Chapter 6 (“What Do You Want?  The Place of Seeing God”) of One Thousand Gifts, author Ann Voskamp discusses why she continues keeping her list of things she’s thankful for, despite reaching her initial goal: “I am a wandering Israelite who sees the flame in the sky above, the pillar, the smoke from the […]

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Rocks in the mouth

By Dave Henning / January 15, 2013

As Ann Voskamp (One Thousand Gifts) winds her car through the pre-dawn darkness with her son Levi- on the way to the hospital for Levi’s hand surgery- she clicks off the car radio and flips to Scripture on CD.  Ann and Levi hear the following verse from Matthew 4:4- “People do not live by bread […]

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The unwavering faith of fissured hearts

By Dave Henning / January 13, 2013

In Chapter 5 of One Thousand Gifts, author Ann Voskamp recalls the strong faith of her brother-in-law John at the funerals of his two infant sons, who had died 18 months apart of a genetic lung disease, calling such affirmation of God’s goodness “the unwavering faith of fissured hearts”.  Indeed, the author states, that kind […]

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Every dark woods has words

By Dave Henning / January 12, 2013

Ann Voskamp begins Chapter 5 of One Thousand Gifts by revisiting an issue she initially presented in Chapter 1: “How to lay the hand open for this moment’s bread- when it will hurt.”  In other words, is God’s grace sufficient in all life’s circumstances, good as well as bad? As the author phrases it, “awakening […]

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Thanksgiving makes time

By Dave Henning / January 12, 2013

Midway through Chapter 4 of One Thousand Gifts, author Ann Voskamp establishes the concept that thanksgiving makes- as opposed to takes- time.  Referencing John’s account of Jesus feeding the 5000 (John 6: 1-15), Ann posits that when we slow down time by giving full attention to God’s gifts with joy, grace and thanksgiving (eucharisteo), our […]

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Not for a moment

By Dave Henning / January 11, 2013

When I was 2 or 3 years old, I developed a severe case of wanderlust, fueled by unbridled curiosity.  Eager to escape the confining environs of my back yard in Evergreen Park, IL or my parents’ immediate reach, I was a constant escape threat.  Although I had the “fever”, my parents had the cure- aka […]

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The relentless river of time

By Dave Henning / January 9, 2013

In Chapter 4 of One Thousand Gifts, author Ann Voskamp rightly observes that we live in a world addicted to speed.  Describing herself as one who blurs the moments “into one holy smear”, Ann speaks for all of us.   As we wildly rush to get things done yesterday, our hurry creates hurt and empties our souls. […]

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No time left for You!

By Dave Henning / January 9, 2013

Ann Voskamp begins Chapter 4 (“A Sanctuary of Time”) of One Thousand Gifts with the following quote from J. R. R. Tolkien: “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” Indeed, Ann admits that she craves more time to manage just her current life.  She comments that […]

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The other side of prayer

By Dave Henning / January 8, 2013

In the concluding pages of Chapter 3 of One Thousand Gifts, author Ann Voskamp speaks about how giving thanks for the most minute or microscopic blessings enables God to grow within us.  Ann describes this as the other side of prayer: “This act of naming grace moments, this list of God’s gifts, moves beyond the […]

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The joy of giving

By Dave Henning / January 6, 2013

In Chapter 3 of One Thousand Gifts, author Ann Voskamp offers her definition of joy: “Joy is the realest reality, the fullest life, and joy is always given, never grasped.  God gives gifts and I give thanks and I unwrap the gift given: joy.” Put another way, it’s impossible to give something you’re holding onto […]

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Practice, practice, practice. Hammer. Hammer. Hammer.

By Dave Henning / January 5, 2013

Toward the end of Chapter 3 of One Thousand Gifts, author Ann Voskamp remarks that sometimes her quest to list 1,000 things for which she is thankful seems quite juvenile.  In the midst of mundane existence, is making that list merely a ridiculous experiment? The truth is, Ann explains, that learning requires practice- and at […]

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