Quite a number of the blogs I read regularly are from the USA and of course there is a lot of chatter right now about Thanksgiving. What a wonderful holiday to have and celebrate; realistically I suppose it is better for those who have places to go and a bit lonely for others. The whole idea of a celebration of Thanksgiving seems very special. As far as I can see from the net, it is a combination of thanksgiving for the nation, for the harvest and for one another. In the UK many churches will have a special Harvest Festival service, but there is no equivalent in the life of the country.
At this time of cuts it would be a good way to focus on all the blessings we have instead of the things we will lose, if the media is to be believed. The trouble with a so-called free press is that they can stir up anxieties and discontent as well as being a force for good. Many of us older people find it increasingly harder to be positive, instead we give way to fears and anxieties. The same holds true for the vulnerable and disabled.
When we hear of Ireland facing a the need for a massive bailout and the fact that we are borrowing money to lend money to them, it seems as if the whole world is going mad. I can’t pretend to understand the complexities of the economic system and I get worn out trying.
Maybe it will help to count some blessings today:
- The sun is shining and the frost sparkles on the grass
- There is the faint sound of happy children playing in the school playground along the road.
- My Sacred Space book has been posted from the States
- We are going to visit Son #3 this afternoon and he usually cheers us up
- The birds are busy feeding from the nuts and seeds
- There’s no housework till tomorrow
- We still live in a democracy
- I’m well stocked up with books to read
There are loads more blessings that could be added. What would your list include today?