There is a season and time for everything. Traditionally, the Thanksgiving holiday is a time for giving thanks and remembrance. As each of us prepares to visit friends and family or welcome them into our homes, I would like to offer my best wishes for a grateful and blessed Thanksgiving. In the hustle of everyday life, this holiday provides a precious opportunity for all of us to take a breath and enjoy the gift of time to spend with our loved ones. Let’s pause for a few moments and recall how fortunate we are to have their love and support every day of the year.
Let’s also take a moment to remember that there are some among our community who may not be so blessed. Let us remember them and, if possible, let us welcome them. This is not only a time for thanksgiving, but also a time for grace. It can be a time to extend and share the richness of our blessings with others who are alone, who have lost someone or who are suffering. Let us all take a brief moment to remember them in our thoughts and prayers.
To those of you who are traveling over the holiday weekend, do so carefully and peacefully. During your travels, cherish the grace that gives you the opportunity to get away and to visit. Let’s all return next week well rested and ready not only to end this semester successfully but to celebrate the joys of the Christmas season together.