In a society where busy is the new definition of success, and where cell phones are constantly ringing and beeping, we could easily frame up this week as nothing more than food, football games, and intense shopping.
But what I look forward to is the brief pause before the big meal when we gather around the table, hold hands in a circle, collectively bow our heads, and say a prayer of thanks.
This year, I know that our family will be thankful for the loving hands that grew the food. And the loving hands that prepared it.
We will be thankful for safe travels and happy reunions.
We will be thankful for grandparents, children, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews, spouses, brothers and sisters.
We will be thankful for the opportunity to be together, laughing, singing, and sharing our joys, our challenges, and our losses.
In that moment of peaceful quiet and pray-filled reverence before the meal, we will be one.
One circle filled with many blessings.
My hope is that you can find that moment of peace and connection as you gather with your family and friends this Thanksgiving. We are all connected and this is a week to be thankful for the meaningful connections we have with the ones we love.