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dc.contributor.authorBrock, Mary Leeen_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary number: 943 OTen_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary number: 944 NTen_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary number: 945 Pen_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary number: 947 Gen_US
dc.description.abstractToday is Thanksgiving Day in the United States. A holiday built around gratitude. Families and friends gather together to enjoy good food and time together. Weeks before the holiday the grocery stores abound with the ingredients for traditional thanksgiving meal including turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. While the focus can be on the feast there are other signs of Thanksgiving as well. Many Facebook users have been posting a reason to feel grateful for each and every day in November. Jobs and warm homes and loving families are popular items on the gratitude lists. And it is so nice to see the Thanksgiving holiday expand beyond the actual Thanksgiving day. This societal embrace of gratitude has me praying about Thanksgiving in a different way.||Several years ago I worked at a contemporary art museum. The day after Thanksgiving was the busiest day of the year. Families would be at the door waiting for the museum to open. They were eager for some kind of activity after a day of sitting around together for the Thanksgiving meal. We could see old family patterns flair up as siblings would quibble about who would pay admission or perhaps adult children would debate with their parents about what time to head to the museum restaurant for lunch. It was hard to appreciate that they were engaging as family. I was puzzled that they had gathered together for Thanksgiving and just the very next day they were struggling to be kind to one another. But now as I reflect upon those encounters I realize that true gratitude of God and the gifts we have received by God comes at times when life does not feel perfect. For instance at times when the old quarrels with one's sister come to play|I am blessed with a default switch of gratitude. I feel God's presence when I am on a walk on a beautiful day, when my daughter shares a heartfelt insight, when a student describes the impact of a class project. I so easily praise God with gratitude in those moments. However, just like those stressed families at the museum, gratitude for God's grace can be powerful in the moments which are not quite so beautiful. How can I be grateful during the scores of daily annoyances such as when I struggle to detach the garden hose from my house for winter or when my sore knee slows me down during my walk or when I find a colleague difficult to listen to? Praying with gratitude about these moments can help me appreciate all the gifts in my life that are present to bring the annoyance to my awareness: a house to which the garden hose is attached, a healthy body to go for a walk and a colleague who is passionate about many topics. And can I go deeper with my prayer and pray in gratitude when the challenges in my life are more profound and painful? When I feel despair, gratitude is not my default mode. But yet what better time to thank God? Gratitude brings abundance and by praying in gratitude I can better open myself to God's love.|Today's Psalm gives us a simple prayer of gratitude which reminds us to be grateful this Thanksgiving day and always: I will praise your name for ever, Lord. Every day I will bless you, and I will praise your name forever and ever. Great is the Lord and highly to be praised; his greatness is unsearchable. This Thanksgiving I pray to carry the feelings of gratitude and appreciation that are so present today with me every day of the year!en_US
dc.publisherUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.rightsThese reflections may not be sold or used commercially without permission. Personal or parish use is permitted.en_US
dc.subject.otherThanksgiving Day (USA)en_US
dc.titleReflection for Thursday, November 28, 2013: Thanksgiving Day (U.S.A.).en_US
dc.rights.holderUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
dc.program.unitWerner Instituteen_US
dc.program.unitSchool of Lawen_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorBrock, Mary L.en_US Timeen_US 34en_US
dc.subject.local11 Kings 8:55-61en_US
dc.subject.local1Sirach 50:22-24en_US
dc.subject.local1Isaiah 63:7-9en_US
dc.subject.local1Zephania 3:14-15en_US
dc.subject.local21 Chronicles 29:10bc, 11, 12en_US
dc.subject.local2Psalms 113:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8en_US
dc.subject.local2Psalms 138:1-2a, 2bc-3, 4-5en_US
dc.subject.local2Psalms 145:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9, 10-11en_US
dc.subject.local31 Corinthians 1:3-9en_US
dc.subject.local3Ephesians 1:3-14en_US
dc.subject.local3Colossians 3:12-17en_US
dc.subject.local4Matthew 7:7-11en_US
dc.subject.local4Matthew 11:25-30en_US
dc.subject.local4Mark 5:18-20en_US
dc.subject.local4Luke 1:39-55en_US
dc.subject.local4Luke 10:17-24en_US
dc.subject.local4Luke 17:11-19en_US
dc.subject.local4John 15:9-17en_US
dc.subject.local4John 16:20-22en_US
dc.title.seriesDaily Reflections (Meditations) on the Scriptures from the Roman Catholic Lectionary.en_US Ien_US

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