“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.”
If there is one day each year when food and family take center stage, it is Thanksgiving – a holiday about “going home” with all the emotional content those two words imply. Gathering together in grateful appreciation for a Thanksgiving celebration with friends and family is a deeply meaningful and comforting annual ritual to most Americans. The need to connect with loved ones and to express our gratitude is at the heart of all this feasting, prayerful thanks, recreation, and nostalgia for a simpler time.
One of the beautiful things about the Thanksgiving holiday is that it gives us a specific time to reflect on the wonderful blessings we all enjoy. While we may not have as many things as other people have, we can all be thankful for friends and family who love us and the life we have been given. Gratitude is the heart’s response to life’s infinite blessings.
May the good things of life be yours in abundance not only at Thanksgiving but throughout the coming year. I leave you with this beautiful Thanksgiving Day prayer:
“For the wide sky and the blessed sun,
For the salt sea and the running water,
For the everlasting hills
And the never-resting winds,
For trees and the common grass underfoot.
We thank you for our senses
By which we hear the songs of birds,
And see the splendor of the summer fields,
And taste of the autumn fruits,
And rejoice in the feel of the snow,
And smell the breath of the spring.
Grant us a heart wide open to all this beauty.”
Wishing you all the hope, wonder, and joy that the season can bring!