Thanksgiving is here again.

Turkeys and football,

family, neighbors, and friends –

or, all alone

with little to share –

no one escapes this day.

But, what of gratitude?

Is there room left for it, once we’ve been stuffed and filled,

and lulled to sleep

by the sounds of the afternoon?

Gratitude may be more a friend

of emptiness

than excess and habituation.

Obligation can drown spontaneity,

“too much” can overwhelm “enough”

and blind us to need and truth,

and silence our gratitude.


Prayer: Lord of Life, give me the joy of wanting what I have and of being grateful for my life.

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