Thanksgiving

I try to be thankful every day.  Despite too-frequent annoyances, difficulties, and stress, I have a pretty good life.  Some of that is due to hard work and persistence, but mainly it’s due to when and where I was born, to the family who gave me a good start, to the teachers who taught me, to the community that supported the teachers, and many people I don’t know and will never meet. 
It could have been otherwise.  For many people, it is.  Am I more deserving than them?
Practicing gratitude reminds me that so much of my life is out of my control and that so much of what I enjoy comes by Grace. 
And so on this national day of thanksgiving, I thank my family and friends, who have given me so much.  I thank those who do their part to keep our country going, who make it work.  I thank those who defend this country, even as I pray that the wars will end.  I thank those who work to make our nation and our world more fair, more just, and more compassionate. 
I thank the deities who speak to me and whose patience with me is truly divine.
I thank Life itself that there is something rather than nothing. 
And I thank all of you who read this blog and who occasionally offer your feedback.  This is spiritual development done in public, a work in progress.  You listen, and you help me refine my beliefs and practices.
Happy Thanksgiving!
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About John Beckett

I’m a Druid in the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids. I’m an ordained priest in the Universal Gnostic Fellowship. I’m the Coordinating Officer of the Denton, Texas Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans. This year I’m also serving as a member of the Board of Trustees of CUUPS National. I’m a member of the Denton Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.

I write as a spiritual practice. It helps me organize my thoughts and work through ideas and concepts. It helps me evaluate my beliefs and practices against my core values and against what I know (or at least, what I think I know) to be true. It helps me interpret my experiences (religious and otherwise) in ways that are both meaningful and honest.


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