A NOTE FROM PASTOR AILEEN – November 23, 2021
A blessed Thanksgiving to each of you. We each have our Thanksgiving traditions. Some go around the table before or after the meal offering a word of thanksgiving for something particular. Some offer the children a way to list thanksgivings on a pumpkin or gourd, which are then used as table decorations. Some of us, who have a standard dinner blessing, mix it up on this day.
I offer here a Thanksgiving blessing that I find meaningful:
"O Gracious God, we give you thanks for your overflowing generosity to us. Thank you for the blessings of the food we eat and especially for this feast today. Thank you for our home and family and friends, especially for the presence of those gathered here. Thank you for our health, our work, and our play. Please send help to those who are hungry, alone, sick and suffering war and violence. Open our hearts to your love. We ask your blessing through Christ your son. Amen." (Mary Cronk Farrell)
If you have a practice of reading a scripture as part of your Thanksgiving meal, I invite you to consider using Psalm 100 this year. It is a beautiful Psalm about the steadfast goodness of our God and worth some conversation in the midst of our giving thanks.
Whatever your family traditions, may your day be blessed with peace, joy, love and the knowledge of the goodness of the Lord. May the bounty of your table overflow such that you are emboldened to share, with friend and stranger alike, the goodness of God every day.