Today is Thanksgiving Day, a day on which we – individually and communally – give thanks for all we have been given.
It is the communal aspect of our gratitude that made me think of a prayer of Thomas Merton’s. In our divisive times – times that discourage unity and pit so many people against each other – perhaps we could pause on this day of Thanksgiving and pray as Merton prayed:
O God, we are one with you.
You have made us one with you.
You have taught us that if we are open to one another, You dwell in us.
Help us to preserve this openness and to fight for it with all our hearts.
Help us to realize that there can be no understanding where there is mutual rejection.
O God, in accepting one another wholeheartedly, fully, completely, we accept You, and we thank You, and we adore You, and we love You with our whole being, because our being is in Your being, our spirit is rooted in Your spirit.
Fill us then with love, and let us be bound together with love as we go our diverse ways, united in this one spirit which makes You present in the world, and which makes You witness to the ultimate reality that is love.
Love has overcome.
Love is victorious.
Wishing you and yours a blessed Thanksgiving!