O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever.
Psalm 107:1 NRSV
Thanksgiving Day is an all-inclusive holiday of gratitude to God for the rich heritage of a prosperous nation. This holiday is especially steeped in tradition. Without your loved one, the picture around the table is not the same as in years past. Many illustrations, such as those by Norman Rockwell, idealize the family as a multigenerational group, clearly connected by warmth and love. On this day of thanks and celebration, pass on traditions to those gathered together. Share in the love of the one absent yet dearly remembered.
God, your goodness and steadfast love are the rich harvest of life. I celebrate today the life of the one absent from our table in thanksgiving for abundant love. Amen.
I give thanks for spiritual bounty.