Well, another Thanksgiving holiday is in the books. Tricia puts on a very nice Thanksgiving dinner here at our house every year. I made the mashed potatoes and carved the turkey, but the whole event is pretty much Tricia’s creation.

This year was cool because the Packers also played (yes, they beat the Lions 37-26). So, folks just came over whenever. Kickoff was at 11:30am. Dinner at 4:00. As is typical, some relatives couldn’t make it. We live in Wisconsin, my home state. And since Tricia is from California, most of the people who come over each year are my relatives.

But this year, Tricia’s twin sister is in town from California. And her older sister and brother-in-law drove down from Iron Mountain, MI with their son. So it was a pretty cool day. Of course there are more relatives that couldn’t make it. But that happens.

We also had a first this year. I set up a camera in my family room, and fed a live video broadcast on the internet. My sister and her family watched the video from their gathering in Everett, WA. It was pretty cool. I moved the camera around the house a bit, so they could see all the festivities. My Mom felt a bit nervous being on “TV” all day, but it was a lot of fun.

I’ve got so much to be thankful for. Many of us do. I hope you also had an opportunity to give thanks today, and to spend time with your loved ones.

Here is the prayer we shared before dining:

Prayer of Thanksgiving, by Walter Rauschenbusch

O God, we thank you for this earth, our home;
For the wide sky and the blessed sun,
For the salt sea and the running water,
For the everlasting hills
And the never-resting winds,
For trees and the common grass underfoot.

We thank you for our senses
By which we hear the songs of birds,
And see the splendor of the summer fields,
And taste of the autumn fruits,
And rejoice in the feel of the snow,
And smell the breath of the spring.

Grant us a heart wide open to all this beauty;
And save our souls from being so blind
That we pass unseeing
When even the common thornbush
Is aflame with your glory,
O God our creator,
Who lives and reigns for ever and ever.

From Living God’s Justice: Reflections and Prayers, compiled by The Roundtable Association of Diocesan Social Action Directors