Thanksgiving 2019

Thanksgiving 2019

Today, October 14, is Thanksgiving Day in Canada, and a statutory holiday. We Canadians have much to be thankful for as one of the, if not “the” best place(s) to live in the world. God has richly blessed us as a nation—may we never take this for granted. Thanks be to God! May our gratitude to God be expressed daily. May we also express it in our relationships at home, work and school every day. Happy Thanksgiving to all of my fellow Canadian readers!

Over the years, I’ve blogged about Thanksgiving, you might want to have a look at the following links:

Thanksgiving 2007:

Thanksgiving 2010:

A Celtic Blessing

A Celtic Blessing

Celtic Christianity has witnessed a revival of sorts around the globe over the past decade or two. It has become rather trendy and perhaps a tad over-commercialized; as if it were the panacea of Christendom and the antidote to post-modernism. However, one would be foolish to throw the baby out with the bathwater. There are, with the gift of discernment, many treasures within Celtic Christianity that nurture our lives and faith today. For example, from Celtic Daily Prayer: A Northumbrian Office, in my 1994 edition on page 18 of the Midday Prayer, there is this wonderful Blessing:

“Let nothing disturb thee,

Nothing affright thee;

All things are passing,

God never changeth!

Patient endurance attaineth

To all things;

Who God possesseth

In nothing is wanting;

Alone God sufficeth.”

These words of blessing especially speak to me when I am agitated and irritable; when I’m struggling with doubts and anxiety is weighing me down; then these words wash over me like spring waters and clean mountain air. Moreover, the words are a fresh reminder to “Let God be God,” to, by God’s grace, honour and keep the First and Greatest Commandment.

By the way, the Northumbria Community has a web site I’ve discovered here, where you can access their Daily Offices.

Gentle readers, do you find certain Blessings or Prayers edifying? Do they renew and refresh you in your faith and life journey? Feel free to share them here with me and others who visit my blog.