"Do now, do now, what you will wish to have done when your moment comes to die." [St. Angela Merici]

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

With Thanksgiving…



By Micky Wolf


“…the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity,
faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.
[Galatians 5:22-23]

Most people across our country will celebrate Thanksgiving. We will gather together over meals of oven-roasted meats, colorful, tender vegetables, steaming noodles, potatoes or pastas. And don’t forget the spreads of luscious, rich desserts, and assorted hot and cold beverages. Many of us will prepare it ourselves. Others will rely on the kitchens, skills, resources, and time of those willing and able to lend a helping hand and a full to over-flowing plate of physical—and in some cases spiritual—sustenance.

Regardless of what our table holds this day, given our ethnic or family traditions…

Whether we experience the day alone, in the company of another, or with a dozen…

May we take time to acknowledge you, God, to offer you our gratitude and thankfulness for all our many blessings of food, clothing, shelter, family, friends, and faith.

However,

If our circumstances are much less than ideal, our life, family, and world disrupted or torn apart by disaster of any description…

If we are experiencing the loss of someone dear, or separation by time or distance from a loved one;

We beseech you Lord, help us find you and your goodness in the midst of suffering, brokenness and chaos.


In Thanksgiving we pray:

May patience prevail and permeate the busyness and clamor…

May kindness be enkindled in our thoughts, feelings, attitudes and behaviors…

May generosity flow through our words, our embraces, our actions…

May faithfulness to You reign above all, in all, and through all…

May gentleness be as constant as the breath we breathe…

May self-control envelope and inhabit the whole of our being.


May the true Spirit of Your love be manifested around our table and
may joy be deep and abiding, indwelling each heart…


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