Thursday, November 17, 2005

FOR WHAT IS THANKSGIVING DAY?

We're one week away from Thanksgiving, one of the holidays I most relish. I want to share a few poems, readings, and reflections on Thanksgiving over the next week. I penned this poem at Thanksgiving 1999.

This holiday is for all that we
Take for granted,
Assume as a given,
Absent-mindedly overlook,
Claim as our God-given right.

This holiday is for all those we
Unnecessarily criticize,
Agitate with our demands,
Impatiently rush,
Regularly impose upon.

This holiday is for all that we
Bypass in our drivenness,
Go out of our way to avoid,
Carelessly forget,
Thoughtlessly leave out.

This holiday is for all things we
Receive as gracious gifts,
Share as common ground,
Express as transcendent grace,
Return in praise to God.

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