25 November 2004

with grateful hearts

Another Thanksgiving holiday is upon us. The feasting will take place at my parents' place, though later in the day we'll be heading down to visit Laurel's brother's family in Virginia, leaving the dog and cat behind with a sitter.

A Collect appointed for today is:

Almighty and gracious Father, we give you thanks for the fruits of the earth in their season and for the labors of those who harvest them. Make us, we beseech thee, faithful stewards of thy great bounty, for the provision of our necessities and the relief of all who are in need, to the glory of thy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Last night Claire was saying, "Thank you, God!" during supper for the mac and cheese she was enjoying. We began to talk about the importance of being thankful and all the things we thank God for.

I asked her, "What are you thankful for most of all?"

"I thank God for Jesus!" she replied.

"Wow!" I thought, "that's a great answer." So I went on to ask, "What else are you thankful for, Claire?"

"Hmm," she replied. "Jesus...and...Mickey Mouse!"

Disney should be gratified to know that their cartoon mouse ranks right after the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity in one toddler's scale of gratitude.

Claire did go on to express thankfulness for her mommy, daddy, grammy, and the dog.