*A note about the 2017 Season of Gratitude*
Beginning Thanksgivings Day, November 23 I’m commencing a “Season of Gratitude.” As for previous years (this is now year three), I pay tribute to the Rev. Michael Arase-Barham who posts in a similar way throughout November each year and inspired and gave blessing for me to post in this way. I’ll be posting a “gratitude post” for each day for 30/31 days, taking us through Advent and almost to Christmas 2017.
*Day 1 – Thanksgiving Day 2017*
Today I was grateful for my 3rd Thanksgiving in the U.S. and in these Hawaiian Islands, and for the opportunity to Celebrate Eucharist for the first time on this day. For the Eucharist: for the kiss of peace from friend and stranger, for the beautiful Harvest Festival-style arrangement, for the beauty of Emmanuel Episcopal Church, for our guest muscian. For Thanksgiving lunch: vegan, of course, specially purchased and prepared by dearest Julia, for Phoebe and James’ embrace of Thanksgiving trimmings, for Tofurky, for vegan pumpkin pie, for roast vegies, for peace and joy in my home, for those who make the world so, in small ways — we give thee thanks, O God.