Meditation by Rev. Melanie Kim-Hamill

On the eve of Thanksgiving, let us prepare our hearts to overflow with gratitude. This is a big ask. We are leaning into the reality that this year’s holiday gatherings will be simplified and pared down. We will be missing family, friends, and neighbors at the table. This is hard for some. For others, it comes as a relief. No matter where you find yourself, you are not alone. We see you. We love you.
As many are finding creative and safe ways to be together, let’s accept the invitation for gratitude to fill our hearts. Maybe it sounds glib. It isn’t. Gratitude can save you. It saved me. When my family experienced the saddest and darkest time in our lives last year, gratitude kept me going. There were many moments when I thought I would be consumed by my grief, but my daughter who was just one kept me going. Sometimes, the hardest part of grief is that life does continue. Everyone and everything else around you continues to move forward. It can also be a gift. My daughter learned to walk in this time. We celebrated! I was grateful. I didn’t understand how I could have so much to be grateful for simultaneous to my grief, but I began to seek out gratitude every day. I began to embrace it and found that while the sadness did not subside, I could focus on the blessings that God was pouring out to me in my time of need. Focusing on what we have been given doesn’t take away what we have lost. Cultivating a heart of gratitude allows us to be present and it gives us strength and courage to move forward.

Scripture Passage: Colossians 3:15
“And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful.”

When have you struggled to be grateful?
What are you grateful for?

O Great God of the Universe, thank you for loving us unconditionally. Thank you for knowing us, intimately. Thank you for meeting our needs by providing and caring for us. Thank you for doing that so that we can care for those around us. We lift up the burdened, saddened, hardened, and grief-stricken hearts. Heal them. Heal us. Point us to your goodness. Remind us of our countless blessings so that we might never miss the opportunity to bless others. In this season of gratitude, open our hearts to all that is good. May we cherish the good and send forth that goodness into this hurting world. In Christ’s name we offer this prayer, Amen.


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