Oh let's take a day, shall we?

Yes, the world is aflame with hate and war and greed and devastation. We acknowledge this, we look at it straight on and our hearts break.

We lift up our hands to you, God, and we pray the only prayer that makes any sense in these times:

"Help! Have mercy, God! Make things right, for they are so very wrong and we feel so helpless. AMEN"

In the midst of this darkness, and with a sense of defiance against evil, we set the table, gather who we can, put tradition on the table and bow our heads in gratitude, for our lives, our people, our simple gifts.

We are so grateful.

Amidst all the Black Friday ads, football games, upsetting news and family feuds, let's not miss this one day set aside for gratitude.

I love this poem called The Gift:

Be still, my soul, and steadfast.
Earth and heaven both are still watching
though time is draining from the clock
and your walk, that was confident and quick,
has become slow.

So, be slow if you must, but let
the heart still play its true part.
Love still as once you loved, deeply
and without patience. Let God and the world
know you are grateful. That the gift has been given.

(Mary Oliver, 1935-2019)

May we let God and the world know we are grateful.

Happy Thanksgiving, friends.