Daily Meditation for November 22, 2023

“Thanksgiving Day is a good day to recommit our energies to giving thanks and just giving” (Amy Grant). November is reckoned to be the cloudiest month in North America, which can make us feel depressed as we see a long winter ahead. Yet here’s Thanksgiving, a day when we are called to remember all God’s blessings in our lives. It’s a reminder that even when life seems dark, and there are many such situations in the world right now, we have much to be thankful for. Being thankful isn’t merely passive. If we are Christians and called by the Gospel to love our neighbor, then our “Thank you” should include not just words, but actions. There are so many ways to give thanks: a random act of kindness, a pleasant word and a smile to someone who looks down. Your gift doesn’t have to be huge; it simply needs to be made with love.

By Karen Rose, OSB