Believe-it-or-not filling your table with delicious foods – is just as important as filling those seats around it with people – who are in need of a blessing this year.
At the world’s table, the seats that are filled around different tables Friendsgiving, Thanksgiving, and more – are just as important as the seats that are missing.
Every time I’ve gotten lost in the world,
-on every trip I’ve ever taken, and every project I’ve ever started –
something happened to make it right.
From my first bumbling international solo trip as a teenager – in which the airline went on strike and carried all passengers to the wrong country –
To passing out in a cramped and humid foreign airport from exhaustion – fortunately into the arms of a missionary family –
To finding myself without funding in Africa – and fearing that I would not be able to make the plane –
To finding myself hours later sitting in a restaurant in London, with my first real glass of wine – if I remember right, it was $40 a glass – and a warm meal that was just as expensive – on a night when I was counting on granola or candy bars.
Red grapes – and red wine – have a real significance for me – and what signifies Thanksgiving to me.
It’s that moment – when you feel like you can’t go any further, and someone gives you a gift that it was beyond your capacity to provide for yourself.
There are thousands of mini-Thanksgivings that happen throughout the year, but we choose to try to celebrate the spirit of those – all in one day.
That first cup of red wine is what found me at a crossroads of decisions, when I decided how I wanted to spend my life.
I wanted to spend it – helping people.
But even people who help people – need help sometimes, too.
And that’s what I love about the spirit of Thanksgiving.
Everyone has something to give, and everyone has a seat around the table – because they all need to eat, too.
I had been lucky enough to be taught in a village by a woman that worked for the United Nations.
As she sat by the firelight, she explained how she’d been kidnapped by guerillas – and later freed, and how she had been to every nation in the world except for one small territory that wouldn’t allow her entrance. How even in dangerous places – most people are good – and do better when they are educated – just as the bible says – to teach your children, and to love your neighbors as you love yourself – as far as the east is from the west. My trip to London was soon to follow.
Even in the worst of times, a glass of red wine has become a prayer for me.
Nothing should be able to separate people from the good that they deserve.
It should always be just around the corner, on it’s way,
rolling in the river, or on the wings of eagles,
simply because there is a God.
So if you are struggling today… remember that there is a God, and the hope that we have in this world is only though what we can’t see, speak to, touch or feel.
Do what God would ask you to do. Not what the world demands of you.
Follow the whispers of your heart. Not the demands of those who pretend to be superior enough to exclude – for that is not how God made our hearts.
And God is coming to break away the shadows, and bring in the light.
Our work against poverty and injustice is never in danger of being without the support of God.
When you take steps towards the right things, even if you fall unconscious into the arms of a fellow passenger, God will keep you upright.
And may set you down at a table in a foreign land, on a day that you have almost nothing to eat – with a $40 glass of red wine in front of you – and good company.
Gratitude is what fills your heart – when God’s wishes meets people’s actions meet Godly will.
It’s that warm feeling you get – when the world is made right.
It’s not right to feel gratitude, when you are not grateful.
Can you imagine what would have happened – if the Indians spoke to the pilgrims, and they spouted their gratitude for the sky and the cold water – so much that the indians could not see the need that was killing them?
Even God, who knows all of your thoughts, cannot control your actions.
Don’t deny the world, help that you feel that you are called by God to give.
Don’t deny a person a kindness that you know that they need. God is probably the reason behind your awareness and consciousness.
When you are stranded on holidays, God hears those prayers.
That is how God works – He sends help through people.
And one of the people – that the world can’t do without – is you.
So for all of you who are loved and accepted by the village – feel welcome around the proverbial ‘turkey’ table, always – even if we have to plan a bit to make it happen.
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