As I have been reflecting this past week on all that I am grateful for in this life, I
stumbled upon this meditation by poet Mark Nepo that I want to share with all of you,
this congregation I am deeply grateful to serve.
I wish you all a most blessed Thanksgiving.
In peace and love,
The Kinship of Gratitude
- from The Book of Awakening by Mark Nepo
The goal of all experience is to remove whatever might keep us from being whole. The things we learn through love and pain reduce our walls and bring our inner and outer life together, and all the while the friction of being alive erodes whatever impediments remain.
But the simplest and deepest way to make who we are at one with the world is through the kinship of gratitude. Nothing brings the worlds of spirit and earth together more quickly.
To be grateful means giving thanks for more than just the things we want, but also for the things that surmount our pride and stubbornness. Sometimes the things I’ve wanted and worked for, if I actually received them, would have crushed me.
Sometimes just giving thanks for the mystery of it all brings everything and everyone closer, the way suction pulls streams of water together. So take a chance and openly give thanks, even if you’re not sure what for, and feel the plenitude of all that is living brush up against your heart.