It’s a busy week in homes across our nation, as families prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving.  From its beginning in the early 17th century, the day has become a blend of tradition, spirituality and celebration.  In 1863, Abraham Lincoln proclaimed that the blessings of God “should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People”.

In a culture that constantly tells us what we “need” or “must have”, it’s easy to forget to be grateful for what is.  In his wonderful book, Gratefulness, the Heart of Prayer, Brother David Steindl-Rast says, “As soon as we awake from taking everything for granted, there is. . . a beginning of gratitude.” He continues, “What brings fulfillment is gratefulness, the simple response of our heart to this given life in all its fullness.”

As you continue your planning for guests, recipes, and table decorations this week, take four minutes, quiet yourself, and let George Winston’s music and some gorgeous photos get you into the real spirit of Thanksgiving.  Pray your “thanks be to God” for this given life and all that is.