This morning my world is blanketed in white. I give thanks for the beauty of snow as I pray for safety of travelers, shelter for the homeless and peace in places of unrest. Because we celebrate in our country today the great feast of Thanksgiving, I reflect on those early settlers who came here seeking new life. Remembering that it wasn’t an easy journey but that over time and generations immigrants like my grandparents built a nation that is strong in its foundations if imperfect in its unity, I am grateful. Today we cannot think only of our own surroundings or our country as we have become a world community in our time. I celebrate the cross-cultural connections that are possible now through which we celebrate the diversity among us even while we are stretched toward understanding of the ways in which we are the same.
I choose the wisdom of the Book of Sirach 50:22-23 for a blessing to all today with a wish that giving thanks becomes ever more prominent in our daily practice. It says: Now I bless the God of all, who has done wondrous things on earth; who fosters people’s growth from their mother’s womb and fashions them according to his will. May God grant you joy of heart and may peace abide among you.