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As part of his Thanksgiving Day sermon, the Rector put before us images of drought in the midwest and southeast that had adversely impacted farming and commerce vs. the long-standing devastation wreaked by weather and floods upon New Orleans and other areas throughout our country.  With that, he asked, "What is Thanksgiving?  What about when the harvest isn't plentiful?".  I found myself reflecting upon my post yesterday which was full of gratitude, abundance and plenty, realizing the "harsh reality" is that too many are homeless, too many are without food, and too many are not working.  For me, the juxtaposition of 'dryness' New Orleans hoped the levees would maintain vs. the precipitation farmers and growers need to bring forth their crop is daunting.  In this great land of plenty called the United States of America, the 'have nots" are way too many.  We are called to do more for others.  We must try to do what we can.  

Each day I pray for Andrew "by the bridge".  Chrissie and I would offer him some food and other things he needed or wanted as best we could.  Sadly, Andrew has been too long absent from his regular place at the far side of the 14th Street bridge in the city when we passed by.  I usually won't give money to someone on the street.  If they hunger or are thirsty, I will offer to buy them food or drink.  But I am afraid I am being asked to contribute to a habit rather than fill a need.  One night, we were leaving Christ Church after speaking to engaged couples about Intimacy in Marriage.  We were stopped at the door by a man with a family including three children.  He said he'd spent all his money on travel to get into town for a new job, and a hotel room once they arrived.  But now he had no money to provide food for his family.  After hearing a little about him and his family, I reached into my pocket.  "I know this won't help you as much as you would like, but here's something".  He was so appreciative, offering us his thanks and blessing.  God calls us into care and compassion for the destitute and lonely.  May that also be a part of the beauty and holiness of Thanksgiving.     

"All things come of thee, O Lord.  Of thine own have we given thee.  Amen."