A constant refrain from 2020 is, this is a __________ like no other. Fill in the blank with Mother’s Day, Easter, the May 24 long weekend, summer, Labour Day, …. Everything. And now Thanksgiving takes its place. This is a Thanksgiving that we will remember for a long time.
Despite everything we have been through in this strange year, we have so much to be grateful for. Those reading this are still alive and well enough to read. We presumably have food and shelter. Our electricity and Internet is working. We are likely still engaged with things – work, projects, grandchildren, plans, and so on. All is not lost.
Thanksgiving reminds us of God’s countless gifts and unlimited goodness – all reasons for a constant stance of gratitude. Thomas Merton wrote that gratitude takes nothing for granted, is never unresponsive, is constantly awakening to new wonder and to praise of the goodness of God. For the grateful person knows that God is good, not by hearsay but by experience.