I think many people share a tradition – that of going around the table of family and friends and everyone sharing what they are thankful for. We always need to express our gratitude.
This year we are still recovering from the pandemic and many families as they gather will feel incomplete as some members will not be present. There will also be a new group of widows and widowers that may be having Thanksgiving totally alone. Expressing thanks for our blessings might be a little difficult with our complicated emotions bubbling just below the surface.
Wherever you are, whatever is happening or has happened in your life, we need to pause and realize that Jesus does walk with us. He understands your sense of loss. Loneliness and depression are not wiped away but with the grace of God we know we can offer to God even our emotions that touch our hearts.
For everyone who has plenty this year offer an abundance of gratitude. May God grant you a generous spirit. For those who are struggling, may God grant you the grace of peace and perseverance. May your gratitude be to God for having given you the grace of the Holy Spirit.
May the Lord bless you in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen