Well here we are. Another Thursday, another November and another Thanksgiving holiday in the USA. Which means the earth has not quite spun off her axis; some of her inhabitants may have but we are here today so let’s make the most of it.
I have shared the following bit of prose in one form or another for … I don’t know… decades maybe?
Occasionally I vary the wording but the sentiment is always the same, so without further ado, here we go…
A Pilgrim’s Prayer
Once upon a time a long, a long time ago (before Black Friday)
Thanksgiving was a celebration of harvest and a time to give thanks.
Hence the name thanksgiving.
I don’t think the early pilgrims had a Super Walmart, a Sears or a
Best Buy yet somehow they managed. Can you imagine having to grow your
own food and prepare it
without the help of google? When did they have time? Where did they get
their Stove Top stuffing and who plucked the turkeys? How did those
crazy pilgrims do it?
I didn’t really know any of those pilgrims but I did see a John Wayne
movie once. John knew a pilgrim when he saw one. He seemed to know a
lot of pilgrims but that was a long time ago too.
I propose we are all pilgrims, each one of us on a journey of sorts. Our own personal pilgrimage…
Aren’t we are all looking for something? Be it a quest for
self-confirmation, truth, a cure, enrichment, comfort, a friend, a
lover, a job, a meal or a place to lay our weary head at the end of
I believe life is a journey, or at least it should be. It would be
terrible to think we were just flailing through this experience; killing
time on this giant floating gumball while waiting for the next Black
I believe we all have one destination though we travel different roads and I trust that we have choices.
we will choose well. On the occasion we do take a wrong turn [and we
will from time to time] I pray we have enough sense and humility to stop
and seek direction… to reassess our route and to be considerate in our
So here’s wishing all of you pilgrims a Happy, Happy Thanksgiving from the Hill house and may we all, whatever road we’re on, take time to look ahead, pause and bow our head in thanks.
My personal prayer:
I pray our good seeds of hope, humility, toil and courage produce abundantly; that love and kindness grow wild like the weeds of early spring – fruitful and undeterred. And may our harvest be rich with wisdom and discernment.
Thank you Father, The Creator of all things, for this day and all it
holds. Thank you for the days past and Father forgive me for my wrong
turns. Thank you for the day to come and guide me to make better
choices. Thank you for all the pilgrims in my life – for those who’ve
gone ahead and the ones that come behind and for those who read this
prayer. And Thank You Father for the beacon that lights my way.
In Jesus name, Amen.
BTW Thanksgiving & John Wayne (A Pilgrim’s Prayer) is also in Getting Me Back (The Voices Within)