The year has turned its circle,
The seasons come and go.
The harvest all is gathered in
And chilly north winds blow.
Orchards have shared their treasures,
The fields, their yellow grain,
So open wide the doorway~
Thanksgiving comes again!
It is that time of year when we humans think about giving Thanks… at least humans in the Northern Hemisphere because the harvest is always a time to reflect on the year’s bounty (or lack of it.) So harvest time is a time of reflection for just about every culture… and for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, that time is now. So, this Sunday, we listened to each other express what we are most thankful for.
Interestingly, Elizabeth opened by telling us about an interaction with a co-worker in France. There was a terrorist attack last week in Paris that took the lives of almost 200 people… mostly young men and women. Now this Frenchman had been assigned a fairly trivial task which would save some expenses for the company but probably not enough to greatly matter. He wrote to Elizabeth “I have better things to do with my time, and so do you.” Life is hard, but there is always something to be thankful for says Elizabeth.
Many said they were grateful for their children (as am I.)
Many are thankful for friends (as am I.)
Andy said that when he was young and his family ran out of money, he never dreamed that he would have had such a rich life, full of travel and experiences and education. He said he was thankful for our little Unitarian Universalist society in Reynoldsburg where he can listen each week to such diverse points of view.
Education came up again with Owen. He is thankful for all the opportunities given him because he lived near universities and libraries. You can make your life better by walking into a classroom or picking up a book from the library.
We are thankful for the interconnected web of existence… Music… Poetry… and Art are on Betty’s list.
Maggie is thankful for the social media… so she can stay connected to her friends (so this is really a vote for ‘friends’.)
Nick was thankful for the freedom to have an opinion that is different than his peers.