Memories of a Pilgrim Heart: A Thanksgiving Meditation*
Do not forget the things your eyes have seen, nor let them slip from your heart all the days of your life. (Deuteronomy 4:9)
Look over your past year with “Exodus eyes,” the eyes of a pilgrim, one who is always on the way. What do you find there amid the joys and sorrows? For what can you give thanks?
…my Egypt situations of unfreedom that I have been able to leave behind,
…my burning bush moments when my faith was affirmed and my work renewed,
…my parting of the sea when I made it through difficulties and challenges,
…my companions who aided me in my wilderness times of doubt and confusion,
…my manna and quail that sustained my desert hunger and nourished me,
…my fire and cloud of other’s steady fidelity that assured me of God’s nearness,
…my hope in reaching the promised land of deeper peace, newfound joy, and a renewed sense of purpose.
Reflect upon where you are now on your pilgrimage. How has your Divine Companion been with you? Write a prayer of Thanksgiving to your Divine Companion.
*See Exodus 3:1-6:13; 13:1-18:27; 40:34-37