We would like to take this time to send out a big hug of #LOVE to you and your family. However we also hope to inspire and put all in true perspective.
When we are younger we are told stories of Pilgrims and "Indians" and as we grow older we learn that these stories aren't true. We are told of the beginnings of our nation as one that was a happy story with the sharing of a Harvest between peoples at war, but come to a bloody reality that dampers our spirits as we advance in knowledge.
So the question is... Why be thankful? We gather and partake in gluttonous consumption, and then the next day kill each other at "Black Friday" sales. This is the American way, no? - Well, lets not keep it all sad story but look with hope to the future.
It is a beautiful thing as we get the day off from work to spend time with those who we are connected to in some way, whether it be friend or acquaintance, or the home of blood relatives. It is beautiful how we are able to partake in such a feast that offer glimpses of heaven and shout out joyous memories as we look back to this time in the future. Still though, we should always take a moment to truly be silent and reflect as we move into this day. Not like classroom assignments given to children in grade school, but in a truly mature way we should examine ourselves and our world and give thanks. If you need help, let this be a start of your reflection.
Today we are thankful for life and for all of the great gifts we receive each and every day. We are thankful for the sky, and for the earth. We are thankful for the fire, and for the water. We are thankful for all of nature, and we are thankful for the great things that mankind has been inspired to create. But not just the good are we thankful for... We are thankful for also the bad. We are thankful for the difficulties, and for our moments of defeat. We ask for humility, a greater understanding, and never ending love. We understand that with the struggle there comes sufficient grace, and with the challenge there is strength to overcome if we choose it. We understand that we all make mistakes, and sometimes commit some wretched evils, and so we give thanks that despite it all we are able to continue to partake in such greatness. With this we apologize, and stay confident in knowing that we are blessed. Our nation may have not had the best of history in some areas, and our families may be broken, but we look forward ahead, already giving thanks for the change we know will come... starting with us. We are thankful for all things, and as we go through this day may it be just a small sign of the goodness to come with our commitment, dedication, and actions of love moving forward.
We pray this message reaches you in good health, mind, and spirit. Much light!