As we approach the beginning of the United States’ celebration of Thanksgiving, I can’t hep but recall one of my favorite Thanksgiving Songs. It was released by Mary Chapin Carpenter in 2008 and the lyrics go like this:
Grateful for each hand we hold Gathered round this table From far and hear, we travel home Blessed that we are able
Grateful for this sheltered place With light in every window Saying “welcome, welcome, share this feast Come in away from sorrow”.
Father, mother, daughter, son Neighbor, friend and friendless, All together everyone in the gift of loving-kindness
Grateful for what’s understood And all that is forgiven We try so hard to be good To lead a life worth living
Father, mother, daughter, son Neighbor, friend and friendless, All together everyone, let grateful days be endless.
This song is packed with both blessing and invitation. Our lives, no matter how challenging, are incredibly blessed in comparison to 2/3 of our world.
WE ARE THE FEW WHO will eat on Thanksgiving, even if it isn’t turkey and all the fixings. WE ARE THE FEW WHO have a shelter/home to live in. WE ARE THE FEW WHO have tables and chairs to gather round. WE ARE THE FEW WHO have means of mobility, be that car, public transportation, airplanes, trains or friends who can drive us. WE ARE THE FEW who have running water, electricity, heat and means to cook a meal. WE ARE THE FEW!
Perhaps, just perhaps, the invitation is for each of us to live our lives not only with gratitude, but with a willingness to welcome the less fortunate. It’s not just about sharing the feast of Thanksgiving, but it’s also about sharing the abundance of our lives….to truly live gratitude and be blessing, to be HOPE for others.
What’s your personal “song” of thanksgiving? And what is it that you can share? What’s your personal “song” of thanksgiving? And how do you live “thanks giving” year round, not just on one day a year? What’s your personal “song” of thanksgiving? And how do you try to “lead a life worth living”?