Gift #504: Giving Thanks – for food

Today I was able to leave work early and I spent the afternoon with my mom in the kitchen, making casseroles, cranberry relish, and desserts for Thanksgiving.  It was wonderful to prepare foods for our family together.  I’m sure the majority of families today were busy with food preparations for tomorrow.  As we gather with loved ones  to give thanks, it will be around a table of food.  Partaking of food together is synonymous with communion, in fact it’s virtually impossible to separate the two in our culture.  As I worked in the kitchen today, I thought about the women of generations past, even the women at the first Thanksgiving, who also prepared food for their families.  I thought of how different the process was then – churning butter, harvesting crops, grinding corn, working over a fire, really making food from scratch.  Though the processes have changed, the desire to show our family love by preparing food still connects us to our forebears.  Just as our ancestors gathered around tables filled with food to give thanks, so do we.  This poem was included in Giving Thanks and I thought it was appropriate for today, as it speaks to the labor of growing our food and preparing it for others.

Be a gardener;
dig and ditch,
toil and sweat,
and turn the earth upside down
and seek the deepness
and water the plants in time.
Continue this labor
and make sweet floods to run
and noble and abundant fruits
to spring.
Take this food and drink
and carry it to God
as your true worship.
– Julian of Norwich (1342-1416)


Blessings to you,


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