Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

Though I am sick, I am still able to smell the faint hint of pies baking in the oven. Today we cook up the green bean cassarole, and the mashed potatoes. They'll heat up just fine tomorrow, which frees up the oven for more pressing items like roasting turkey. Midnight tonight will see the store-bought turkey go in the oven, overstuffed with my Hungarian grandmother's bread stuffing. Hopefully by morning, the turkey will be disjoined due to the overstuffing, thereby making my carving duties much easier. The wild turkey with wild rice and sausage stuffing will go in around 11:30am, to be ready for display and serving at about 5pm. The morning will see us making yam balls and squash soup. Afternoon will include heating up the carrots, peas and corn, and early evening is when the salad will be made, with lettuce fresh from the basement garden.

I have no idea who is coming tomorrow. It doesn't really matter. I'm happy to be here doing things. I'm happy to be with family. I'm thankful for so many things in my world, and even while sick, I'm finding little reasons to be joyful.

Tomorrow, instead of a prayer we will be singing a hymn entitled Sent Forth by God's Blessing by Omer Westendorf. It is sung to the tune of "Ash Grove" which is a Welsh folk melody from the 1800s. The lyrics we will be singing are posted below the YouTube video:

Sent Forth by God's Blessing
Omer Westendorf, 1964
With praise and thanksgiving, to God ever-living
The tasks of our everday life we will face.
Our faith ever sharing, in love every carying
Embracing god's children of each tribe and race.
With your grace you feed us
With your light now lead us
Unite us as one in this life that we share.
Then may all the living, with praise and thanksgiving,
Give honor to Christ and that name which we bear.
The only difference is we're switching "Christ" to "God" for the purposes of interfaith harmony in the home. Not everyone believes/worships Christ, but we all believe in God of some color or shape. :)

I hope that you and yours, wherever you may be and whatever you may believe, have a wonderful and holy time today (or on your chosen day). It doesn't matter if you believe in God, Goddess, the Flying Spaghetti Monster, or a Universal Consciousness... or even nothing at all. There are reasons in your life to give thanks today. They might be hard to find, they might take some real digging, and you might even have to say them with gritted teeth... but persevere. It does matter.
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