Thanksgiving Daybook: Hallelujah, the bounty has come

Happy Thanksgiving, friends.  We're celebrating the opportunity to feast with our parents and siblings and nieces and nephews this week, even as we miss terribly our Texas children.  Until the day we all are able to feast together at the same table forever, may you know deep rest and gratitude this week.

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The Angelus  by Jean Francois Millet

The Angelus by Jean Francois Millet

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To the singing of the harvest-song goes the life of a year, or of all the years - the summer that is gone, the winter that is coming; the ones who have sown but are not here to reap; the ones who will sow when the reapers that are have been forgotten; the Good Being who makes the sun shine and the corn ripen. There may be the breath of a sigh in that song, but there is also in it a whole storm of rapture.

Gladness must come to its own some time; for the sorrows, there are all the times. To the harvest-field go we, then, for life as it ought to be. The sickle is fate, the hand that holds it is ours, and for once we will be the conqueror. Cut we down a sorrow here and a pain there, bind them, and make them our slaves.
— Kenneth McLeod, "The Road to the Isles"

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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 pray, 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. Amen.
— Book of Common Prayer

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Do everything in love today, friends.  Love your friends and your enemies, your family and neighbors, strangers, yourself. Worship your Creator with gratitude and peace, and eat pie with impunity!

Here's my eclectic Thanksgiving playlist on Spotify for a fun soundtrack to all of the goodness you are celebrating this week.

I'd love to hear what you are particularly thankful for this year. Leave a comment below, and know that I am grateful for you.