My toddler, after reading a story about Thanksgiving, was asked, "What do we eat for Thanksgiving?". He responded, "Turkey, strawberries, perogies, squash and pumpkin". Okay, so he didn't exactly understand the whole concept of what the pilgrims ate but he got a lot! 🙂
Hopefully, we adults get a lot more out of the concept of Thanksgiving than my toddler. Hopefully we know it's not really about the food and learn a lesson that doesn't require Snoopy making popcorn and toast and Marcie telling Charlie Brown the true meaning of Thanksgiving.
But if you're not sure, or if you are and just want a moment to reflect, here is an Orthodox prayer for Thanksgiving given to us by St. Basil the Great:
We bless Thee, O most high God and Lord of mercy, Who art ever doing numberless great and inscrutable things for us––glorious and wonderful; Who grantest to us sleep for rest from our infirmities, and repose from the burdens of or much toiling flesh. We thank Thee that Thou hast not destroyed us with our sins, but hast loved us forever; and though we are sunk in despair, Thou hast raised us up to glorify thy power. Therefore, we implore Thine incomparable goodness: enlighten the eyes of our understanding and raise up our mind from the heavy sleep of indolence; open our mouth and fill it with Thy praise, that we may be able––without distraction––to sing and confess Thee, Who are God glorified in all and by all, the eternal Father, with Thine Only-begotten Son, and thine All-Holy and good and life-giving Spirit, now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.
I pray that you are with family today or at least someone who is like family to you.
I pray that you have a roof over your head and a source of warmth.
I pray that you do have food that will sustain your health.
I pray that you have love.
I pray that you have the ability to rest when you are weary.
I pray that you have good health.
I pray that you have someone who can make you smile even when the world seems dark and cold.
I pray that you have Faith, strong and true.
I pray that God blesses you this day and each and every day of your life and that you have the eyes to behold it with gratitude.
I pray that you have peace.