We Give Thanks

“For each new morning with its light, for rest and shelter of the night, for health and food, for love and friends, for everything Thy goodness sends: we give thanks.”

- Ralph Waldo Emerson, Unitarian, 1803- 1882

On Sunday I spontaneously mentioned that I am grateful for moss and pine needles and trees. Well, that’s not all!

When my family takes turn “doing our gratefuls” at dinner each night, I often include the people whom I’ve interacted with during the day- and realize how lucky I am to work with the creative, fun, dedicated and generous people who are part of North Parish.  I’m grateful for this congregation, for its members, for its leaders and for the current most excellent staff team. I’m grateful for our simple Meeting House, for the clear windows and the trees outside them, for the beauty of the gardens and the mix of communities close by- rural, suburban and urban.

I am grateful, too, for my family and the chance to gather for Thanksgiving with my mom and my sister’s family in Worcester this year. No long drive to New Jersey, hurrah! Plus, we get to meet a new family member: my niece’s hearing-ear dog, Vega, a black standard poodle who reportedly needs just a bit more training for the times when her work vest isn’t on. We’ll see how Vega does with the general excitement and the smells of turkey cooking!  Stay tuned.

Yours, in anticipation of squash and pie and very happy taste buds and with the wish that you all find contentment this week,

Rev. Lee