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Thanksgiving Day Thoughts

As Thanksgiving draws near, the media lift up increasingly high expectations for the “perfect feast.” The New York Times offers detailed explanations for a menu demanding a minimum of eight hours’ hands-on work — though we’re assured this includes a lunch break. Oprah provides 20 “easy and beautiful” ideas for table décor, any one of which would take a week to create. Martha Stewart touts her “meal delivery kit” as a bargain at $160 — and you’ll have to cook after it arrives. [Click "Read more..." to continue]

All this and we’re just half way through November! I’m just about ready to let loose a hearty “Bah Humbug!” when I remember that neither perfection nor other people’s expectations are what Thanksgiving is about.

Whether you will share the day at home with family and friends, join the UUFG potluck feast, or treat yourself to a quiet solo meal, I urge you to take a moment to recall the real “reason for the season.” If we let it, Thanksgiving can be a desperately needed call to gratitude, a reminder of blessing and hope.

My gift is a blessing to accompany your meal on Thanksgiving Day. May these simple words remind us to be grateful for what we have, and to cherish the gifts our lives have seen.

Spirit of Life, be present at this table.
May we appreciate our good fortune in this gathering
and the food we are about to share.
Help us remember that our time in this world
is both precious and brief.
Give us gratitude. Give us courage. Give us peace.
Amen and Blessed Be.

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