Our Source of life,
This Thanksgiving we find ourselves so changed.
The last two years have marked us, scarred us,
And left us wondering what is the new normal.
As we envision our thanksgiving table or gathering,
We are poignantly aware of those who don’t join us.
We have lost so much and so many.
The loss has knocked the wind out of us and yet
there is so much more that has splintered us,
There is so much more that has
torn us away from our safe harbor
Knocking our moorings loose
setting us adrift.
Ideologies divide us more than ever before
White supremacy still takes life and abuses power
We have forgotten how to love.
We are stuck in this betwixt and between place
Removed from what was, not sure yet, what will be.
You who created the world and each one of us
awaken us to you within and around us
recognizing you in each other’s eyes
No matter what our name or where we call home.
Reach us and reach through us
With your compassion that makes room and space for all.
May your love and presence knit us together
For the common good, as we heal together
And extend the table
To hold all whom you gather here.
Thank you Giver of Life
For the ways in which
You keep on giving
We lean into you
To show us the way
Beyond this place to the new normal.
~Rev. Eva Sullivan-Knoff, Executive Director