Thanks and Giving


The time is near for Thanksgiving,
that day for family
gathered in the joy of living.
That is how it should be.

Some families are spread too wide
or stranded by weather.
For some it is a day to hide,
avoiding each other.

For homeless it is just a meal,
a respite from dangers,
from the loneliness they feel
depending on strangers.

For troops deployed in foreign lands
along with guns and tanks,
daily confronting warring bands,
it is hard to give thanks.

For those caught up in tragedy,
trying to get away,
a good time is if family
survives another day.

If you can gather for the day,
please do; but maybe pause
to think if you can find a way
to help a worthy cause.


  1. Thank you Sarah. Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite times as well. Sandwiched between Halloween and Christmas, I feel it gets “run over” far too often.


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