Preparing Thanksgiving 2020

Note: When I began writing this post, Minnesota residents were preparing for another partial shut-down due to the continuing Covid-19 pandemic, just as the holiday season is about to begin. By the time I was finishing the post, the CDC had issued guidelines urging people to remain home this Thanksgiving.

Prayer Preparing for Thanksgiving
During a Pandemic

Creator God,
I find myself struggling these days
while deciding how to best celebrate
the Thanksgiving holiday.
I long to see my friends and family,
to feel a sense of normalcy,
to let go and enjoy life once more.

But I know I may put others in danger.
Health authorities and other leaders
are warning us yet again
to be extra careful. . .
How much longer, Lord?!
How much longer must we wait
for this pandemic to be over?

Perhaps the answer to my questions
relies partly on the choices I make
— we make —
in response to the situation.
Will I be ever-mindful of the safety of others
(as well as my own)
or throw all caution to the wind
(and later regret it)?

This Thanksgiving, in the midst of stresses,
confusion, worries, or even illness,
help me to remember
there are many healthy ways
to celebrate
and many meaningful ways
to express thanks
that are not reliant on human traditions
or physical gatherings.
Create in me a deeper understanding
of giving thanks, counting blessings,
and being a blessing to others,
even when I can only
be with them in Spirit.

Amen.

4 thoughts on “Preparing Thanksgiving 2020

  1. Anne Sekara

    How timely is your Thanksgiving posting, Julie. How true that there are “many” ways to celebrate this holiday. One of my favorite memories of Thanksgiving was going on a long walk with my dad through Stern Grove (San Francisco) and just being amongst nature. Now that the trees are so beautiful, even in California, with its yellows, reds, oranges, perhaps I will be going on a long walk this Thursday, just soaking in the beauty of God’s creation. Perhaps this Thanksgiving will truly be a day of gratitude.

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