For most of us, the most interesting thing about a domino is not the little white dots on the front of the tiles (although I was always pretty excited to get double sixes!).
It’s how easily they stand up on the end, and how you can align them with each other in a line, like the boxcars on a train. And then, when you ever so gently give the one at the front the tiniest little tap, it falls over on the one behind it, creating a cascade of dominos falling sequentially, each knocking down one or more until eventually they have all fallen over.
I’m not sure of the proper title for the clever folk who have mastered setting up great domino shows where thousands of domino tiles all fall perfectly and precisely. Are they artists? Engineers? Wranglers? Their work depends on a very steady hand and a clear understanding of domino dynamics—which is basically this: it only takes one tile to get the whole thing going.
Which brings me to Thanksgiving—the great domino show of holidays! It doesn’t take much—not much more than a gentle tap—for the first gratitude domino to fall and for gratitude to start skittering out across the landscape. It just takes someone (like you, or me) to get it started and give the first tile a little nudge.
Even in the hardest years in our nation’s history, we have been able to find so many things for which we can be grateful. We can still give the domino called “gratitude” a little nudge. And it doesn’t take much more than that nudge to see the gratitude dominos start to fall all over the place.
That is just one of the reasons why the annual Thanksgiving holiday, and this season of gratitude, is so important. Gratitude gives rise to hope, and hope gives rise to healing, and our mission is healing. Is it possible that in our acts of thankfulness and prayer at this time, we are engaged in our mission? I believe so. In living our lives in grateful ways, we see our mission to extend God’s care through the ministry of physical, mental, and spiritual healing strengthened and affirmed.
Thank you for what you do each day to make Adventist HealthCare a place where gratitude is valued. Thank you for sharing a sense of hope with those in your care. Hope, when shared, is a gratitude domino, and it nudges the healing process along.
You will be in my prayers this Thanksgiving season. For those who have experienced loss, I pray that you will know God’s comforting presence. As we continue to work in extraordinary and difficult circumstances, I pray that God will sustain and strengthen us. I thank God for each you—and I am grateful to be a part of the Adventist HealthCare family.