American writer Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote, “It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.” So it was a weekend for all of us to be a care-free and comfortable – and, yes, probably a little stupid too, as you can see in the photo.
Thanksgiving is coming up. Thanksgiving is a time when people get to go home and grow more deeply to appreciate all of the blessings of home.
I remember comments made by some of the astronauts the first time that they were able to see our common home, the planet earth, from the perspective of space. Astronaut James Irwin noted, “The earth reminded us of a Christmas tree ornament hanging in the blackness of space. As we got farther and farther away it diminished in size. Finally it shrank to the size of a marble, the most beautiful marble you can imagine… Seeing this has to change a man, has to make a man appreciate the creation of God and the love of God.” One of the other astronauts looked back as he was traveling toward the moon and he could only weep to gaze on how wondrous our home is.
It would be nice if this Thanksgiving we all would be able to see home from a new perspective – one that offers us even more reasons to admire and to appreciate what we have been given. It’s a shame that too often we come to appreciate something too late. We’re like that astronaut – feeling gratitude but only as we are looking back.
As I prepare for my third Thanksgiving here at Nativity of Mary I am growing more and more to be grateful for this parish home too. Some day we all will look back and remember with love all of the many blessed times we have had together. Let’s work on appreciating it all now while we still have it. Let’s do something beautiful and lasting together while we can.
Thanks for everything!