Thanksgiving Thoughts

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As we gather with friends and family for the Thanksgiving Holiday, let us not only give thanks for what we have, but for all that we can offer one another and the world around us.

Many this year are struggling with recovery issues from the flood and/or the realities of the economy.  On this day, some will not have a home restored enough for daily living,  no table to gather around,  they will have no banquet to feast upon.  Instead they will give thanks for surviving…for the blessing of family and friends alone.    As we gather in the warmth of our homes with an abundance of food and the luxuries of material possessions all around us, let us be mindful of our neighbors, of our brothers and sisters near and far, and let us consider offering these words as our prayer:

With the first mouthful, I promise to practice loving kindness.

With the second, I promise to help relieve the suffering of others.

With the third, I promise to see other’ joy as my own.

With the fourth, I promise to learn the way of non-attachment and equanimity.

These words by Thich Nhat Hanh …and are a good reminder of thanks-giving at work.  They remind me of the words of Jesus when he says, “love the lord your God with all your heart, mind and soul, and your neighbor as yourself”.  May we take time to give thanks while also actively working for the well being of all.

Shalom,  Nancy