It's more than being grateful for the good things in your life - your warm blankets, loving friends, unexpected free time - Thanksgiving is about having joy despite and through the hurdles you're struggling to overcome. The pilgrims found joy in each other's company, despite the bitter winter that preceded the first Thanksgiving, and a second almost as difficult that would follow. They were uncertain of their future, but they were joyful nonetheless. God brought us here. We have purpose.
A lot is happening around us today that gives us more reason to fear that we have had in the past. But we are not meant to live in fear.
"Death closes all: but something ere the end
Some work of noble note may yet be done,
Not unbecoming men who strove with Gods . . .
Come, my friends,
'T is not too late to see a newer world.
Push off, and sitting well in order smite
The sounding furrows; for my purpose holds
To sail beyond the sunset, and the baths
Of all the Western stars, until I die.
It may be that the gulfs will wash us down
It may be we shall touch the Happy Isles
And see the great Achilles whom we knew
Though much is taken, much abides: and tho'
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield. "
from Ulysses by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
It is never too late to seek a newer world. And for that, I am grateful. Xx