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  • Rev. Karen Epps

Pulling the Wishbone

Updated: Apr 8, 2019

Cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin pie, hot buttered bread. I love food. I mean, I really love food. One reason Thanksgiving holds such charm is because everyone brings their favorite dishes. I remember my Aunt Gladys’ macaroni and cheese, Aunt Hattie’s cake, Dad’s wild rice dressing and Grandma’s gravy. The dining table would be covered with appetizers, salads, and of course, the turkey.

If you think about it, the Thanksgiving feast is a wonderful symbol for diversity. The variety of food represents how differences, while unique, when brought together make a meal that is interesting and satisfying. Each flavor and texture extends an invitation, which if accepted, can delight us in new and exciting ways.

I believe the same is true when we reach beyond our boundaries by meeting people from different cultures. We open ourselves to rich experiences that, regardless of someone’s background or spiritual tradition, expands our heart and connects us more deeply with others.

Isn’t that what the true meaning of giving thanks is about? It is a time to reflect on the quality of our lives, the manner in which we are showing up in the world. Is your experience of living marked with deep, meaningful, and diverse relationships? Are you conscious of the miracle of drawing a breath? Can you see beyond any immediate circumstances and recognize the movement of Spirit? Do you approach your life with a sense of wonder and anticipation? We can take special moments, as my grandmother always said, “to count our blessings.” Counting our blessings rather than sorrows restores perspective and renews hope.

When I was a kid, hope came in the form of pulling the wishbone (for those unfamiliar with this game, the idea is to split the wishbone so that you get the larger part, which meant your wish will be granted.)  As can be expected, my childhood hopes generally revolved around something I wanted for myself…like a new Barbie for Christmas.

Today, my wishbone hope is that you are aware of God’s presence in your life. My hope is through this awareness you can live in gratitude and by so doing receive the all blessings this Thanksgiving holds for you.

Love, Rev. K

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