Here’s a new meditation to be used when gathered with friends and family at the Thanksgiving table.
I wrote this prayer several months ago. Today in Jerusalem, after going to a prayer vigil for Israel and seeing the young reservists gathering in the center of town answering the call to service, Thanksgiving in the U.S. feels a bit distant. Still, I’ve been invited to two “American-style” Thanksgiving meals, one Thursday evening and one Friday evening, and plan to enjoy them. I certainly have a many reasons to give thanks.
Let us remember those in need,
And those who are also present here in silence:
The fruit and vegetables picked by migrant workers.
The fields planted and picked by underpaid laborers
In the cold rain and blazing sun.
The clothing made by children in factories,
Modern day slaves indentured by poverty.
Let me remember those who suffer daily
Alone and in fear.
Perhaps someone at this table
Or in a home nearby
Is nursing a broken heart,
Or hiding the secret of addiction, violence, trauma or pain,
Someone whose sorrows and losses are judged and shunned
By our neighbors and our society.
Let this day be the beginning of a deeper love for all beings.
Let this day be the beginning of healing for all creatures.
Let this day be the foundation of service to Your world.
Let this moment be for rejoicing in all Your gifts.
G-d on High,
For the gifts placed before us:
The awareness of suffering and
The opportunity to heal,
The abundance in our lives and
Your call to share these riches
© 2012 Alden Solovy and http://www.tobendlight.com. All rights reserved.
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