All of Us Are Family!

All of Us Are Family!

A Thanksgiving of Joy!

Meister Eckhart, famously wrote, If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is ‘thank you,’ it will be enough.” Tomorrow is when we come together with family and friends to say thank you in the grandest of fashions. Tomorrow is a time to look beyond just one day to see if we truly give thanks for the other 364 days.

Tomorrow brings back many memories each year. The first set of memories trace back to the first sixteen years of my life when I celebrated Thanksgiving Day with my biological family, each one a grand feast; the second phase of Thanksgiving Days came from the period  I was appointed to my first parish. Each Thanksgiving thereafter was a celebration with my parish family, with large dinners around our fellowship hall; the third phase was on the streets of Hollywood when my sex worker friends and I would gather at a local restaurant, for we were not welcome in churches or soup kitchens–we were “whores”, and from that experience, I learned truly what family is– all, regardless of race, creed, whatever wrong we commit, etc are all welcome; and finally we come to the final revelation on the streets of San Francisco when 29 yeara ago I gathered with my sex worker friends and homeless youth on Polk Street, serving them pizza. From that time forward there has never been any loneliness at Thanksgiving for I celebrate with the great family of God, each one a brother and sister. And when we come together in gratitude for life, Thanksgiving is 365 days a year.

Gratitude is a transformational practice. Put into daily rotation in our spiritual lives, it can remake us in all the best ways.

When we are grateful for all that we have, be it little or much, in pain or out of pain, in good times or bad times, we begin to see blessings where we had not seen them before; we begin to live life from a place of abundance rather than a place of lack.

Suddenly a walk down the street, seeing homeless individuals sleeping in the doorways; or in Golden Gate Park holding the hand of one who has been stabbed; becomes an opportunity for grace, gratitude, and the awareness of God’s undeniable presence in the middle of our great messy lives. Look around, we are all family! Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!


Join the Giving Tuesday movement and reimagine a world built upon shared humanity and radical generosity. November 29, 2022!

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