Many of us in the United States will gather with friends and family this weekend to celebrate and give thanks. There is much good in doing that.
But I also wonder…
What about those who do not have friends and family to celebrate with? They might be estranged for a number of reasons…
What about those who cannot be home because they are working…as first responders… as military personnel who are trying to keep people and countries safe…as medical (and other) personnel who are working to bring healing to people in hospitals…?
What about those who are mourning the death of a loved one?
Or those who wonder where their next meal will come from?
What about those who still suffer from the effects of the racism and colonization that underlaid the first “Thanksgiving” celebration on this continent? This is not a weekend of celebration for many of them.
We do need to find times and ways to give thanks…to count blessings…to rejoice in friends and family (whether that is family of origin or family of choice).
But we also need to be sensitive to those for whom this weekend is a difficult time.
So while I will give thanks this weekend, I will also acknowledge that there is much work to do to bring reconciliation and healing so that all may find a way and time to give thanks.