Clergywomen around our blogging network are rejoicing in the gifts of holy & human presence this week, especially but not only in the States where Thanksgiving has just been celebrated. Consider your own wonder & delight as you read their blogposts, and sing along with joy:

I hope you don’t mind
that I put down in words
how wonderful life is
while you’re in the world.
(Elton John’s “Your Song”)

+ achurchforstarvingartists writes, “This is a good time to thank [your] angels. They are the ones who kept us alive. They are the ones who share good food and drink with us.”

+ Tales from the Great Adventure spent a few wonderful hours with his grandchildren: “I watched the sun slowly slip over the horizon, and I thought about how beautiful life is, and how important it is to grab hold of these moments when they come along.”

+ Be Thou My Vision prays that our gratitude will be a blessing to others: “Help us be decisive in ensuring the blessings of our abundance are shared with all.  Let us remember that gratitude is the life You call us to live into, and that it is rooted in peace and justice for all.”

+ Michelle L. Torigian holds onto the presence of the holy while mourning the absence of a loved one at the Thanksgiving table: “God, you fill in all spaces and abide in all times, and yet today, one space will feel every kind of void. Dad’s seat.”

+ Gifts in Open Hands gives thanks (in both Spanish and English) for God’s presence, praying “Today I saw you… So many times and in different ways! And I was aware of how much remains to be done in this world, that we must do whatever is within our reach.”

How are you giving thanks for the holy presence in your life and in the world? Whose presence has particularly uplifted and encouraged you in recent days? Share your story and your joy in the comments.


Rachel G. Hackenberg is a United Church of Christ minister, soccer mom, blogger, and author. She encourages the practice of prayer-writing in Writing to God: 40 Days of Praying with My Pen.


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One thought on “Friday Festival: Your Song

  1. Thanks so very much for including Elizabeth Hernández Carrillo of Mexico City — English translation by Gerardo Oberman of Argentina — OK I tweaked a bit. Elizabth’s read of the parable which reflects her personal setting is powerful for us all.

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