For most families, Thanksgiving is a joyous event—a time to gather and share news, memories, good food and, most of all, good company. However, there are many individuals and families not able to enjoy this event at all. Perhaps it is due to distance, some chronic illness, a crippling accident or—worse yet—some past hurt that has been festering. Prayer and time can help to ease the sadness or anger. Above all, there is the grace needed to reach out to those left out of a joyous event. The popular song, “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” recorded in 1970, has these lyrics: “When you are weary, feeling small, when tears are in your eye, I’ll dry them all. I’m on your side and, oh, when times get rough, like a Bridge Over Troubled Water I will lay me down.” Can we be a bridge for those in need?
by Carol Berg, OSB