November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

It's Thanksgiving! This holiday has a dark conception. Native Americans likely think differently of this holiday than others. I do not wish to trivialize the impact the arrival of Europeans had on the indigenous population of this continent. Nonetheless, I confess that I look forward to this day every year. This culture needs a holiday that is mostly absent of our consumer instinct–though the following Friday never is and it certainly isn't absent of gluttony! But like I said, I look forward to this day because we need to stop and reflect on what we're grateful for.

I'm convinced that gratitude is a practice that we all could use more of. Today, I'm grateful for too much to list here. But I will share a few things with you.

First, thanks for reading this. I appreciate you stopping by.

Second, if you are a Christian I recommend two books by Native American authors. Black Elk Speaks by John Neihardt and Rescuing the Gospel from the Cowboys by Richard Twiss. And you should really listen to A Tribe Called Red.

Third, one my favorite writers, Seth Godin has published a free Thanksgiving reader. It's chalk full of gratitude inducing quotes, poems, etc.

Last, I leave you with a prayer that my family and I pray around our table almost daily:
Creator God,
We thank you for the hands that have prepared this food
From the soil to the table
Bless it to our bodies
And our bodies to your service
May we be we grateful for all we have
And generous with all we've been given.
In Jesus' name we pray,
Practice gratitude.

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