Thursday, November 22, 2012

"Aren't you thankful... be riding your bike?" I called to the mom and daughter, stopped at the corner where I was turning, mom on the big bike, daughter on the add-on.

"Very thankful!" said the mom, and the daughter too, a little girl, was adding her own thoughts, but I lost them as I coasted down the sidewalk on Mercer, on my way to church.

True, it wasn't a lovely day, but neither was it rainy or frosty. A good day to bike.

One of the hymns seemed just right for a Thanksgiving blessing, in the days of climate change.

When all thy mercies, O my God, my rising soul surveys,
transported with the view, I'm lost, in wonder, love, and praise.

When nature fails, and day and night divide thy works no more,
my ever grateful heart, O Lord, thy mercy shall adore.

Last night I saw the documentary film, Chasing Ice, with its astonishing photos of shrinking glaciers and calving ice fields the size of Manhattan. I believe that in the midst of the disruption of climate change, there will still be plenty to be thankful for. It's just that a lot of it may be things we used to take for granted. Food, for example.

Anyway, as I biked along feeling so lucky to be able to do it, I thought of an idea for conversation at the Thanksgiving table with my old friends later today. People often go around the table saying something they're thankful for, things like family, friends, comforts, all worthy. But I would like to hear today what people are thankful for about themselves. Something they particularly like or enjoy.

What would that be for you?

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