Well Thanksgiving is nearly upon us, like you all I am busy preparing meals for the occasion both for at home and the Homeless Shelter. Looking forward to the whole family sitting down for the one meal in the year we are all actually together. I do find it hard that we don’t share many mealtimes anymore. As the kids have grown we sit down together less and less. I miss that point of contact where we can all share our day, and feel like a family, you know what I mean? So Thanksgiving is a special today in many ways. We all know its origin here, coming from the Pilgrim Fathers and that first Harvest Thanksgiving in 1621. This is a festival to Thank God for the Harvest and while some debate its religious value I don’t. Now ok in this time of conglomerate farming the actual harvest can be at any time, but it is the idea of saying Thank You for what we have that is important; of recognizing God’s place in what is happening. It is so sad that more and more folk are forgetting this, letting it become commercial. Prayer is a part of this occasion for me and my family and has been since they were old enough to say thank you. I like to think my kids know the value of appreciating what the Lord gives while being aware it has to be earned and that not all people have as much as we do. To say thank you for blessings received, no matter how difficult or bad your life is, you have to focus on what is good. They call it a positive attitude today, to me its being thankful for what I’ve got. The pilgrims dug more graves than they built homes but they still gave thanks, that is the attitude we need today, thanks for what we have; not what we want!!
This is the prayer we will be saying around our table at Thanksgiving Dinner – what’s yours? Not got one? Have a look here, a song that can be said; the sentiments are what I am talking about. This is one of our favorites.
O God, when I have food,
help me to remember the hungry;
When I have work,
help me to remember the jobless;
When I have a home,
help me to remember those who have no home at all;
When I am without pain,
help me to remember those who suffer,
help me to destroy my complacency;
bestir my compassion,
and be concerned enough to help;
By word and deed,
those who cry out for what we take for granted.
-Samuel F. Pugh