Today in the United States we give thanks for God’s bounty and our religious freedom. It’s the heaviest travel weekend of the year, much of it impacted by weather. From New York City comes a parade so famous some people shorthand it to the “Macy’s Day” Parade, leaving Thankgiving out of the name altogether. On Facebook, some have been recording their gratitude or thankfulness for the whole month of November, while others have boycotted either to avoid hurting people’s feelings by naming all the awesome in their lives or because life is just too hard right now.
And for preachers, the long weekend may look good on paper, but in fact there is still a Sunday at the end of it, and that Sunday is Advent 1. If you’re in the Revised Common Lectionary, it’s that cheerful apocalypse warning that when two women make stuffing together, one will be taken and the other left behind, while in the Narrative Lectionary, you’ll find Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego nobly eschewing the banquets of Babylon in favor of vegetables. I’ll bet you found no marshmallows on *their* sweet potatoes.
But all that can wait for tomorrow. Could someone pass the gravy?
For today, let’s share here our thanks and our disappointments, our travel plans and our weather stories, our favorite recipes and our culinary disasters. Non-U.S. gals and pals, we are thankful for you and hope you will forgive for having an open thread on our National Festival of Pie-Eating and join in the festivities. Be sure to say hello if you stop by, whether your day is more Norman Rockwell or Modern Family.
I give thanks for all of you, for the community of the RevGals far too large to gather around a physical table, but encircling the cyber-table daily. Whatever your day holds, may you find blessing in it.
(Ask the Matriarch will return next Thursday.)