“For the Beauty of the Earth, Sing, Oh Sing Today
Of the Skies and of our birth, Sing, Oh Sing, always.
Nature, Human and Divine, all around us lies,
Lord of All to Thee we raise grateful hymns of praise.”
These simple and beautiful words are from the “Canticle of Brother Sun” from the Missa Gaia by Jim Scott and Paul Winter (Litchfield, CT, Living Music Records, 1982). This is one of my favorite thanksgiving songs.
Here are three turkey templates to use for a Thanksgiving gratitude exercise. This can be a fun, family activity between dinner and dessert on Thanksgiving Day. In the center of the turkey write your name for God: “Loving God, Gracious God, Holy One….” In the spaces within the turkey and on the sides of the page, write your “gratitude list.” The list does not have to include sweeping, important things like “family, country, home, teachers…”–though it can. Just go for the little, ordinary things that pop into your head.–“gravy, pumpkin pie, colorful leaves on the ground, a game of checkers with my brother…” Part of the purpose of a gratitude list is to learn to “think in gratitude” in the same way we “think in French or Spanish” when we learn a foreign language.
If this gratitude gobbler is a little too goofy for you, trace around your hand to make your own template. Draw lines or arcs to delineate spaces for words.
Click on the link of the template you want. Download it first. Then print. Feel free to make multiple copies.
Below are examples of completed turkey from previous years.
A Blessed Thanksgiving to all.