Giving Thanks

We intended this to be a ‘Happy Thanksgiving’ message on Thursday. Sadly, our server went down the night before, and it took a little while to get it back up and running…

In London, five days before ‘official’ Thanksgiving, the Matryoshka Haus community gathered for its annual celebration of giving thanks. While it might seem strange for a British group to celebrate an American holiday, this regular opportunity to be thankful for what we have is a special time for many of us.

Our community is at its strongest when it is gathered around a table. To manage this within a restricted space, our Thanksgiving meal took place in the garden, with candlelight, coats and scarves. We made time to remember the difficulties our community has faced over the last year, and to celebrate the many things we were thankful for. Lanterns were lit in honour of what we were grateful for, looking beautiful as they floated away into the London sky.

Thankful light

We are grateful for so many things – the blessing of new relationships, homes, jobs, health and new life – especially in the face of many struggles. Nothing represented our thankfulness better than a small person whose arrival was greeted with (actual) screams of delight. Jacob, who turns one this week, was just days old at last year’s Thanksgiving. We as a community are now rejoicing with his parents in the blessings that a year of his life has provided.

We pray that you will be blessed this Thanksgiving weekend and that the coming year will be filled with even more reasons to be thankful.

Faces lit by the glowing lanters

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