Here we are, the day of turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, football and parades :-) As I am in the kitchen, chopping and prepping, I look back on this year with much gratitude. It has been, by all standards, a year of great sorrow. And yet, those we have lost in my family, are not really lost at all. They are still here, just in another form, and I am very grateful for their continued presence in my life. While they may not be able to help in the preparations or such, they surely will have a seat at the table today :-)
HappyThanksgiving to all -- to my family, my wondeful clients and friends. I wish you all a lovely day with those you love, here and gone, but not really.
We return thanks to our mother, the earth, which sustains us.
We return thanks to the rivers and streams, which supply us with water.
We return thanks to all herbs, which furnish medicines for the cure of our diseases.
We return thanks to the moon and stars, which have given to us their light when the sun was gone.
We return thanks to the sun, that has looked upon the earth with a beneficent eye.
Lastly, we return thanks to the Great Spirit, in Whom is embodied all goodness, and Who directs all things for the good of Her children.
Iroquois Prayer, adapted bySisters of St. Joseph of Peace