a quindecim triad
~~ by tkbrown ~~
As Thanksgiving Day approaches our minds reflect upon those things for which we can be thankful. This year, in particular, as we attempt to deflect some of the year's more unpleasant, distasteful aspects recently passed, perhaps our thought might linger on those very things we would rather forget. The coronavirus, for instance, has wrought havoc on the entire world, and still it grows . . . stronger. Many have lost loved ones as it ravaged our homes, our lives, our nations, our world. Has it beleaguered our universe too? Our losses seem greater in domes fabricated by the quarantines and other featured components of our lives. Can we see--e'en for a moment that we are blessed to be alive and able to ruminate and to formulate gratitude in the losses we repudiate. E'en through the unpleasant times and events occurring throughout the year, our world has paused to focus upon giving medical care in hospital tents erected by the armed forces, necessitated and caused by a desire to save lives. In countries large and small, pharmaceutical teams have hovered over petri dishes, laboring hours upon end, striving to answer the call for vaccine and treatment options to grant wishes and supply clinical trials. The scientific world pulls together, competing to be the frontrunner in this race with death after being hurled headfirst into a wall toward which time's gunner attempts to take away more precious lives. Children are losing parents, and husbands are losing wives, hospitals are losing the battle in which each strives. As we approach this special Day of Thanksgiving, I implore the world to join with us in prayer-- bowed heads and humble hearts of the living. While we collectively ask for strength to care about the needs of those who are hurting, and join together in prayers of uplifting praise, offering thanks for the resources relieving limitations on production, mending the frays of education, entertainment, and self-care. Technology, far more advanced than ever before, has opened doors and built bridges o'er land and sea to bring a hurting world together. Let us bow our heads in a world-wide prayer thanking God for bringing us together and for the support we receive from each other.
Photo Above: by Tom Barret @ Unsplash.com.