Gratitude and Thanksgiving
“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more.” Melody Beattie
In this season of gratitude and thanksgiving, I am always reminded of one particular Thanksgiving with my family when I was growing up. The day before the holiday, my father met a homeless couple – I don’t know where or how- and he invited them for Thanksgiving dinner. I recall that my mother was a bit shocked. They were absolute strangers to us and I got the distinct impression that my father had not spent more than a minute or so with them before issuing the invitation. I remember thinking that this was not what I had in mind for a family Thanksgiving dinner. My mother told me to make the best of it and so, I reluctantly tried to do that. I don’t remember anything about the meal, although I know it was turkey with all of the trimmings. What I remember so vividly was that this couple added so much to our table; they contributed to the conversation and we were so much richer because of my father’s impulsive gesture. I remember feeling a special glow when my father left to drive them “home”. Our house felt more “filled”, it felt different to me. I looked at my parents in a new way.
Prayer: Loving Father, Fill us with gratitude. Help us to realize that when we share what we have, it becomes more. Amen