Conscious of Our Treasures

…it has seemed good to our people
to join together in praising the Creator and Preserver,
who has brought us by a way that we did not know
to the end of another year:
for the blessings that have been our common lot
— for all the creature comforts:
the yield of the soil that has fed us
and the richer yield from labor of every kind
that has sustained our lives
— and for all those things,
as dear as breath to the body,
that nourish and strengthen our spirit
to do the great work still before us:
for the brotherly word and act;
for honor held above price;
for steadfast courage and zeal
in the long, long search after truth;
for liberty and for justice
freely granted by each to his fellow
and so as freely enjoyed;
and for the crowning glory and mercy of peace upon our land;
— that we may humbly take heart of these blessings
as we gather once again with solemn and festive rites
to keep our Harvest Home.
~Connecticut Governor Wilbur Cross — 1936 Thanksgiving Proclamation

We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.
~Thornton Wilder, from “Our Town”

These words written over 80 years ago still ring true.
Then a country crushed under the Great Depression,
now a country staggering under a Great Depression of the spirit~
ever more connected electronically,
yet more isolated from family, friends, faith,
more economically secure,
yet emotionally bankrupt.

May we humbly take heart
in the midst of creature comforts
we barely acknowledge;
may we always be conscious of our treasures
and in our abundance,
take care of others in need, just as
God, in His everlasting recognition
of our perpetual need of Him,
cares for us,
even though,
even when,
even because,
we don’t believe.

I work the soil of this life, this farm, this faith
to find what yearns to grow,
to bloom, to fruit and be harvested to share with others.

With deep gratitude
to those of you who visit here
and let me know it makes a difference in your day!

In joint Thanksgiving to our Creator and Preserver,
right along with you,

Emily

10 thoughts on “Conscious of Our Treasures

  1. Thank you, your blog does make a huge difference in my life. It gives me hope in a world that for me, is sometimes difficult. But hearing and seeing the words of faith and encouragement is a blessing beyond belief. As a woman of a certain age I identify with your musings and observations on thst note. Please know your pictures also lift me up and make me smile. Keep up the good work, and know you make a difference.

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  2. I loved these lines:
    more economically secure,
    yet emotionally bankrupt.
    So true.
    Sending you wonderful Thanksgiving blessings to you all all whom you love, two-legged, four-legged, and leafy things. And God.

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  3. Sister of the soil & in Christ, Blessings on you & yours for words filly written to encourage & uplift fellow travelers on this journey at Thanksgiving & always. Very Grateful <
    Proverbs 25:11 (KJV) “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.”

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  4. A perfect diagnosis, Dr. Emily Gibson: I would add to your specific wording: morally, dead –,rotted in the flesh,
    spiritually uninterested, lost and hypocritical in the TRUTH and to the protection of God’s indwelling Spirit, May you
    continue your teaching and feeding souls as long as He asks you to.
    He will let you know when He needs you elsewhere.

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  5. I don’t suppose I will ever visit because I live in England UK but i find the images and words are deeply stirring
    Thank-you so much
    John

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