Monday, November 23, 2015

Thanksgiving Day

This day can be considered a dress rehearsal for New Year's Eve, when we look at the year that has passed, and what we want to change in the coming. And yet, unlike the day of streamers and noise makers, with its false hopes of self bootstrap lifting, THIS day is a focus of what we are thankful for, and in light of the joys and in spite of the hardships, we still give thanks.

Below is a poem I wrote a few years ago in preparation of that year's curtain call. May the sentiments expressed grace your own heart, as you pause and give thanks. If you believe in God, by whatever name you know Him/Her by, give thanks. If you don't, than turn to those close to you - or reach out to those not so close - and give thanks. And maybe a little grace. -j.p. © Emittravel 2015

Tidings glad
In midst of sorrows
Comfort given
When all seems lost

Looking forward
Glancing backwards
Bending knee
Before the cross

Seeking mercy
Deserving nothing
Arms outstretched
Towards One who's true

Giving thanks
Deep in hardship
A cry for grace
It comes from You

Joy unspoken
Shouts of praise
Tears of cleansing
Purpose to pray

Peace in remembrance
Hope for the future
A life in renewal
Each Thanksgiving Day

J.P. Wiegand
© Emittravel 2012

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