I spoke with my 90 year old Mom this morning. She was cheerful and happy to have some family in the house. My sister in law, brother and aunt were getting the turkey and all the fixing together in her kitchen. She promised me she was behaving herself and staying out of the way. She was a fabulous cook in the day and it must be hard for her to step aside. But she laughs and delights in having folks with her, grateful for what she has today. It is more than enough, she told me. And it is. Some seasons, we w have a huge crowd and full pockets, and other times we will labor long and the feast will be simple and small.
God blesses us as we rejoice in the generosity we have received. Not looking back and sighing, nor looking ahead and wishing, but being tight here, right now, reveling in our many blessings. And they are many. We have more than enough and warm shelter. We can talk freely to those we love and gather with friends who make us welcome. God knows us and see us in the back of the line.
May we hear God's invitation to generosity and kindness this day. May we not worry about what we will get but what we can give.
A Thanksgiving Prayer
O God who treasures the giggles of children and the sweet hugs we give one another, let us rejoice in the many small blessings that surround us today. May we be quick with love and laughter and never have a harsh word or a selfish thought. May we outdo ourselves with kindness, knowing we have been blessed beyond measure this day and always. Amen