I sit here at the laptop at the cusp of Thanksgiving (it is 11:50 pm) and I am contemplating the big bowl of jello cooling in the fridge, the big bowl of stuffing cooling in the garage (because there is no more room in the fridge) and the turkey awaiting being stuffed and roasted in the morning.
I am thinking of the cold, cold weather outside and the lovely warm woodstove near the sofa where I sit which is toasty-warm. I realize that with the warmth, and safety, and the banquet I anticipate tomorrow--that with my husband stoking the fire and my three college-age children home for the holiday--I can count myself among the most fortunate people in the world.
In my heart I am so grateful for these moments in our lives, moments of peace and warmth and happy anticipation. My prayerful wish for all the world is that the lives of each and every person would be filled with moments like these. And in my prayers tonight will be each and every person in our beautiful world, each equally the inheritor of the gifts of the creation, each enveloped equally in the great love of God.
Have a very Happy Thanksgiving, whereever you find yourself today. For those without peace or joy this day, I ask God to pour gentle fortune into your life. For those who are fortunate enough to look forward to a full table, I hope you, like me, will experience a deep and abiding gratefulness and a commitment that our actions in the world will ensure a full table for all.