Reflection on Matthew 6: 25-33

free-thanksgiving-border-vectorTo those in the United States blessings for thanksgiving and safe travels.Prayers for those who open their hearts and homes and remembering of the sorrows of indigenous people. 



Every three years
thanksgiving day scriptures –
are not traditional and easily explained
thanks for abundance,
but thanks for the little enough,
for twitter-length blessings …
inviting us to be hollow-boned
winged and singing creatures
capable of being
completely present in the day.

Jesus did not say
consider the squirrels
with all the acorns
they pile up in their trust funds,
or consider the bears
who kill and eat everything
they can so they sleep fat,
but consider the birds of the air
who fly again and again in wind and storm,
in fear of cat and hawk every day
to feed their hungry children.

Jesus didn’t say –
consider the redwoods that endure,
but look at the fashion statement
of the daylily …
the name itself says it all.

Consider my grandson Leo
just turning five months —
no need for a Christmas present,
because he just got two front teeth
and chews on my fingers,
a pacifier, his own fist.
His mother quilts,
and blankets keep him warm.
He drinks milk, likes to nap,
and plays with small plastic toys.

Consider the baby –
who doesn’t argue or bully
manipulate or buy or go to court –
who looks up for love …
Consider children migrants from Syria
God feeds and clothes them
by prying open our hearts.

Don’t worry about tomorrow.



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4 Responses to Reflection on Matthew 6: 25-33

  1. Margaret Galabrun says:

    Thank you for this. I could probably say this each and every day I read your reflection. Thank you for sharing your gifts in this way.

    • Maren says:

      Thanks so much for your kind words and your reading. There are so many blogs out there that I really appreciate your taking the time to read this one.

  2. Cheryl Hoffman says:

    Thank you, Maren for these. I share with others frequently.

    Blessings to you and your family, during your holiday times.

    Cheryl Hoffman website:

    • Maren says:

      Have a joyful Thanksgiving service. I am always so glad to know that my Christian Science neighbors are actually worshipping not around Thanksgiving but on Thanksgiving.

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