The Best Kind of Thankfulness

Rosepath (Rosengång) is a motif that shows up frequently in Scandinavian textiles. I love seeing rosepath in any setting, but rosepath is at its best, arguably, when it is used for borders and accents on otherwise ordinary cloth. This four-shaft rosepath is well-suited for rag rugs, giving delightful visual results. Because it uses two ski shuttles and fancy footwork on the treadles, I must be deliberately attentive. (Click HERE to view my other Rosepath projects.) If there is to be a positive motif in the fabric of our lives, we must be deliberate about that, as well.

Rosepath rag rug on the loom.

The characteristic dot in the rosepath motif is clearly visible in the high-contrast red/tan accent. The dot is still visible, but not as obvious in the lower-contrast mottled green/tan accent.

People want to be remembered. Stop for a minute and think about the people you are connected with–family members, friends, co-workers, acquaintances. Think about how thankful you are for them. Thankfulness is an outstanding motif. Not just thankful for what people give you or do for you, but simply thankful that they are here.

One of the best ways to love someone is to remember them when you’re talking with the creator, thanking him for putting them in your life. Thinking thankful thoughts is nice, but deliberately thanking the one who makes it possible is even better. That thankfulness shows up as the defining motif in all our interactions with the people we’ve been given to love.

May your thankful heart be the delightful motif that others see.

Thankful for you,
Karen

4 Comments

  • Leigh Ellis says:

    Hi, Karen,
    What a wonderful post. The best and most amazing thing about gratitude is the more grateful we are, the more people and things God puts in our lives to be grateful for!i am thankful for having you in my life,

  • Pam says:

    Thank you Karen for your thoughtful insights and reminder of how important it is to be thankful for the people God places in our lives and to pray for them. I agree with Leigh “The best and most amazing thing about gratitude is the more grateful we are, the more people and things God puts in our lives to be grateful for”

    • Karen says:

      You are welcome, Pam. We need reminders from each other to remain grateful. Leigh and you make a good point – gratitude opens the door for us to have more to be thankful for. Maybe gratitude opens our eyes, in a way, to see more of the good things God is doing.

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