On Thanksgiving Day, no matter what setting you find yourself in, no matter what emotions flood your mind and heart, remember to breathe…deeply.  Know that right now, as you are, the Generous One loves you lavishly and unconditionally.

In her poem, author Joyce Rupp invites us to claim the blessings in our lives and in this day.

A Thanksgiving Blessing”

May an abundance of gratitude burst forth
as you reflect upon what you have received.

May thanksgiving overflow in your heart,
and often be proclaimed in your prayer.

May you gather around the table of your heart
the ardent faithfulness, kindness, and goodness
of each person who is true to you.

May the harvest of your good actions
bring forth plentiful fruit each day.

May you discover a cache of hidden wisdom
among the people and events
that have brought you distress and sorrow.

May your basket of blessings surprise you
with its rich diversity of gifts
and its opportunities for growth.

May all that nourishes and resources your life
bring you daily satisfaction and renewed hope.

May you slow your hurried pace of life
so you can be aware of, and enjoy,
what you too easily take for granted.

May you always be open, willing,
and ready to share your blessings with others.

May you never forget the Generous One
who loves you lavishly and unconditionally.


Suggestion: Use part or all of this blessing at your Thanksgiving table.

-Blog by Rev. Ann Palmerton

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