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What We Have - Reflection for November 27, 2014

posted Dec 5, 2014, 7:58 AM by Parish Administrator   [ updated Dec 5, 2014, 8:22 AM ]

My daughter is convinced that with all of the pre-Black Friday hype and the Brown Thursday drama, we may have to eventually do away
 with Thanksgiving all together.  As one who loves giving gifts AND finding bargains, it takes effort on my part to resist the pull:  to ignore the advertisements saying "ONE DAY ONLY," and "HURRY"; to tune out the message "you CAN'T wait or the good stuff will be gone!" 


But I must tune out that message; we all must tune it out, because the message is a lie.


We can wait.


Those of us privileged not to work on Thanksgiving Day are blessed with time.   We can spend that time with family. (My family will travel to my sister's where we will watch old movies and play card games that I never win.)  If family is too much, then there is time to spend with a book, or on a walk.   We can take time to indulge our inner artist or time to just sit still.  We can take time out to give thanks. 


We can wait. 

In the business of our modern life, time is precious gift.  It is a gift that reminds each of us how much we have.  I need these reminders.  I sometimes forget how much I have.  And in my forgetting, my gratitude slips and the fearful "what if I miss out," and "what if I end up empty handed," voices slip in.  In those times, it is a blessing to be reminded that none of us are what we have acquired.  All of us are worthy, even if we have nothing.


"The gesture of a gift is adequate.

If you have nothing; laurel leaf or bay,

no flower, no seed, no apple gathered late,

do not in desperation lay

the beauty of your tears upon the day.

No gift is proper to a Deity;

no fruit is worthy for such power to bless.

If you have nothing, gather back your sigh,

and with your hands held high, your heart held high,

lift up your emptiness!"     ("If You Have Nothing" ---Jessica Powers)