Almighty and gracious Father, we give you thanks for the fruits of the earth in their season and for the labors of those who harvest them. Make us, we pray, faithful stewards of your great bounty, for the provision of our necessities and the relief of all who are in need, to the glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. (Thanksgiving Day BCP 246)
Less than seven days until Thanksgiving!! Its go time! Preheat the oven! Prepare the pie crusts! Bake the cookies! Thanksgiving in contemporary culture seems to be a day simply about the food. And increasingly, it seems like we have to rush through the food to get to the Black Friday sales... starting on Thursday.
It is important to set aside regular times to be thankful. Given all the gifts we are given, by God and our communities, we could really be setting aside a day a week to honor them all! However, setting aside one day to share with your family or friends how truly thankful you are is good for the soul. Perhaps this year, before you dig into the deliciousness, take a moment to each share something you are grateful for, to give thanks.
I know I am thankful for each of you. I am grateful for our caring community, especially for the ways in which you have all worked with me through my broken shoulder. I am thankful for the Shepherd's Green Community Food Pantry and all its volunteers. I am thankful for the many ways in which we connect St. John's and Grace with the wider community of Franklin. I am thankful for the time and effort you each give to make our community a safe and welcoming place. I thank you!