We are honored to be in the U.S. for Thanksgiving for the first time in many years! Across the country, turkeys are roasting while roads and airports are jammed full. Even though its inception was perhaps on faulty grounds, Thanksgiving is such a wholesome holiday. (That is, without the “Black Friday” madness that seems to have taken over in recent decades.) It is about family, coming together, being grateful, and celebrating the abundance of life.
We have been blessed to be with friends and family during this three-week stay. So precious. Issues that are encroaching on the stable fabric of this society did not hinder our rich fellowship and candid moments.
It was unsettling, however, to see that one can be put into a political camp—in some settings—because of wearing a mask. (Even if only 5% effective, I want all the protection I can get from that virus!). It was troubling to touch the separation of one group from another, and feel like you are deep inside an ever-widening chasm that separates the two. Trying to touch both, but losing out because the distance is too far.
Often, a group unites when attacked the outside. We are praying that no “outside enemy” will be needed for Americans to see the need to forgive and unite, lest the “united we stand; divided we fall” adage be realized. Regardless, our position is to offer humble prayers and genuine thanksgiving.
“And in the midst of everything, be always giving thanks, for this is God’s perfect plan for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thess 5:18, TPT).
Blessed Thanksgiving to all!
~ Ibrahim and Diane