Let all things now living sing a song of thanksgiving…
Collect for Thanksgiving Day:
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 beseech thee, 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.
Thanksgiving is my favorite religious holiday…yes, religious. I know, Thanksgiving is not normally considered a “church’ holiday, or holy day or feast. It is a national, secular holiday, a truly American event at that.
As people of faith, we certainly have much for which to be thankful. As citizens of this country we have a freedom that allows us to worship as we wish. We are afforded the right to speak our minds. We are granted the privilege to vote and help put into office our elected officials. We have agencies that help to ensure our water is safe and free of disease while our food supplies are inspected and laws are in place to keep us safe and secure. Ours is a wonderful country…a land made up of people from every nation on earth as well as those in our society who are the living descendants of those who were here well before foreign settlers drifted to the shores of this continent. Are we a perfect society? Hardly; we have much to correct, a huge disparity between the affluent and the needy that must be lessened and sadly, a government system that seemingly is more concerned with playing politics rather than doing what is truly best for the people. Yet, weighing all this against all that we have going for us…we are a blessed nation and a people with much thanking to do!
We could measure our community of St. Nicholas as we gauge our nation and there are similarities. St. Nicholas is an amazing place, made up of people from many countries and various religious backgrounds. We are not a perfect church, either, as we have things that need strengthening, building up and reinforcing. Yet, when we weigh this against all that we have going for us, clearly, this community of St. Nicholas has much for which to be thankful.
Enjoy this wonderful American tradition. And in our celebration, be mindful of those less fortunate; continue to pray for peaceful resolutions to the conflicts that continue to wage around this world of ours. And always rejoice in Our God, who forever and always loves in all ways, right here and right now.
Happy and blessed Thanksgiving to all…and pass the pumpkin pie, please.