It seems appropriate this week of Thanksgiving to share our ways of giving thanks. My family joins hands and sings a simple grace most nights as we gather around the table.
Evening is here
the board is spread
thanks be to God
who gives us bread
The one below is longer, and we use it less often, but it’s one of my favorites. It captures so much in so few words, and I am thankful for the miracle of renewing life that provides my food, and for all the hands that touch it from seed to mouth. It can be sung in a 4-part round.
For sun and rain
for grass and grain
for all who toil
on sea and soil
that we may eat
this daily food
we give our loving thanks to God.
Does anyone else have favorites? Please share in the comments!
When you’re done with your dinner, your post-prandial walk, and as many games of Clue, charades and Bananagrams as you can handle for one evening, consider sharing some truly stunning scenery with your family. It might even count for extra credit in earth science for your middle school relatives.
Several PA IPL members in State College recently attended a screening of the 93-minute video, HOME at Penn State. The website description introduces the film in the paragraph below. Reviews just call it “eye candy” It’s available in several languages, so choose the one you know best, or one you’re learning.
“Internationally renowned photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand makes his feature directorial debut with this environmentally conscious documentary produced by Luc Besson, and narrated by Glenn Close. Shot in 54 countries and 120 locations over 217 days, Home presents the many wonders of planet Earth from an entirely aerial perspective. As such, we are afforded the unique opportunity to witness our changing environment from an entirely new vantage point. In our 200,000 years on Earth, humanity has hopelessly upset Mother Nature’s delicate balance. Some experts claim that we have less than ten years to change our patterns of consumption and reverse the trend before the damage is irreversible. Produced to inspire action and encourage thoughtful debate, Home poses the prospect that unless we act quickly, we risk losing the only home we may ever have.”
Arthus-Bertrand’s website GoodPlanet has more stunning film related to the International Year of Forests. A series of free photo-art posters are available for schools and others wanting to host educational events about forests. They’re gorgeous. Would they spark inspiration, discussion, or prayer in the halls of your congregation’s building?