On Monday, October 11, our province celebrates Canadian Thanksgiving Day with our sisters, associates and staff in Canada. It’s a time to celebrate the harvest season and a time to give thanks for our many blessings.
During these past 20 months, COVID 19 has changed our lives and we continue to find this pandemic challenging. We have stood together as a province with great resilience through it all. In these unprecedented times, with the global pandemic reshaping everyone’s idea of normal, there are many reasons to be thankful. We have each other, our family, our friends, associates and colleagues who have stood beside us through these many months of hardships and challenges. Let us remember to pray in gratitude for all those who have placed themselves at risk to care for our everyday needs and to keep us safe. For this we are grateful.
This holiday also reminds us that many people around the world do not share equally in the benefits we enjoy. As we give thanks for all our blessings, let us look for new ways to give generously of ourselves. All of our actions, no matter how small, can make a significant difference in our province, our congregation and our world. Thanksgiving asks us to remember our responsibility to pray for the needs of our world and all those who suffer at the hands of injustice. During this season of thanksgiving, remember to pray for all those who have died as a result of COVID-19, those who find themselves alone and unable to gather with their family and friends and those who are victims of racism, violence, abuse and alienation. May the strength of our prayers open up avenues of healing, comfort and radical changes in the systems that keep people oppressed. May we continue to be witnesses of hope and love to all we encounter.
We wish all of our sisters, associates and staff in Canada a very happy Thanksgiving Day! Let us come before God with grateful hearts to express our gratitude for all the blessings and gifts we have received. May this day be for you, a time of prayer, gratitude and great joy. Happy Thanksgiving Day!