Writer and Muslim Mike Ghouse’s wonderful article Thanksgiving; An Interfaith Celebration points out the similarities among the world’s major religions about charity and being thankful. I have long known that the very act of being thankful is a healing act, an act of inner peace (see previous blog). I am sure that is why Thanksgiving is a time for family. Family events are somehow associated with food…foods which, though our favorites, we eat only at those special family times and to which we look forward all year. Though we enjoy the food for itself, I suspect its association with those we love and our memories of them creates its importance. This year, although it will be just the four of us on Thanksgiving, we will serve our turkey on grandma’s turkey platter, and we will enjoy her peanut butter fudge and grandpa’s caramel corn. We will think of them and of the Thanksgiving’s when we were all together, and we will be truly thankful.
“Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse.” –Henry Van Dyke