Friday, November 20, 2009

Two Reflections on Thanksgiving

It's less than a week before Thanksgiving, and I'd like to share a couple of reflections appropriate to the season.

First, this wonderful quote from Pablo Neruda, Chilean poet and 1971 Nobel Laureate in Literature
I have often maintained that the best poet is ... the baker who ... does [the] majestic and unpretentious work of kneading the dough, consigning it to the oven, baking it in golden colours and handing us our daily bread as a duty of fellowship.

Rev. John L. McCullough, executive director and CEO of Church World Service, wrote a wonderful reflection entitled, Giving Thanks in Lean Times.

He suggests that on this day, we should not only give thanks for the bounty of harvests and for what we have, but should also heed the urgent challenge of poverty in the midst of plenty, for "there is enough food that no one should go hungry, enough water that no one should thirst, and enough love that all children should reach their potential."
"We are called to be guardians of the dreams,” said McCullough, “and to resist the temptation to turn away from the hurts and pains…  If we can only decide to work together…” said McCullough.

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