Right now I am staying out of my kitchen while my niece and children are doing pre-Thanksgiving preparations, baking pies, figuring out what foods go into what serving dishes, stretching out the table and setting the table cloth, bringing up the extra chairs, chilling the sparkling cider, and soft drinks (beer for the men folk) and a couple of dogs underfoot hoping for a handout to fall from the counter or table or secretly given to them.
But on Thanksgiving everyone who is a practitioner should remember this day as a day of Thanks for the blessings we have and to share them with those who are least fortunate be they human or animal.
I remember as a child even when my Dad was out of work, how the family would share what they had with those who were in an even worse situation. My family although practitioners, were and are Catholic, like Marie Laveau. And the teachings of Jesus is important to me.
Thanksgiving is a uniquely American Holiday, a time for family to get together or those that are considered family. It is a time to realize how blessed we are.
That is why I share this quote from the Bible for Thanksgiving:
From Matthew 25: 35-40
“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you made me welcome, lacking clothes and you clothed me, sick and you visited me, in prison and you came to see me."
Then the upright will say to him in reply, "Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you a stranger and make you welcome, lacking clothes and clothe you? When did we find you sick or in prison and go to see you?"
And the Lord will answer, "In truth I tell you, in so far as you did this to one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did it to me."
We should do this for those who are in far more difficult situation and it is also important to care for our pets and those animals who live in the wild especially during these harsh winter months in the northern climates.
We really should do this year around, not just for the holidays, and it matters not of what belief or lack of belief you have, if everyone one of us did this, without thought of repayment or compensation, we would be wealthy beyond belief and it would not be a financial wealth but that of honor, respect, dignity, valor and of love.
So not only should that quote from the Bible be recited at the Thanksgiving table but also this prayer:
Bless us Oh Lord
For these thy Gifts
Which we have received
from your Bounty,
Through Christ your Son.
Bless us Oh Lord
For protecting us and our loved ones
from harm, and want
Through Christ your Son
Protect Oh Lord,
our Loved Ones who cannot
be with us on this Day of Thanks.
And are watched over by Christ Your Son.
And remember Oh Lord
Those who have gone before us
into your kingdom and your love,
that we may remember them and give Thanks
for the good they have done and
the sacrifice that they have done for Family and Friends.
We ask this and pray for this through your Son Jesus Christ. Amen.
Bright Blessings to All of You,