This is the time of year when hearts tend to open up a bit more and we feel charitable.
As soon as November hits we think of this time of the year and the people we see in our environment that are needy. Some of us only seem to notice or care about them at this time of the year. Most of these people have been struggling through life and the last thing that they need is a Turkey dinner.
You see, filling someone’s belly with food is still a good thing to do, but giving them the tools to gather their own grub is even better. If I were homeless or struggling to the point that I could not sustain my life, I could skip the meal for the sake of the family gathering.
I would want the family, not the meal. I would want the laughter, love, comfort and fellowship that defines the holiday. A turkey does not define the season, family does.
So wouldn’t it be great if instead of trying to feed the homeless, we helped them get a home. Or instead of giving food to the lonely, we invited them to our tables. The spirit of Thanksgiving (beyond the pilgrim narrative) is about acknowledging our gratitude for what we have and who we have it with. In short, the best thing we can do for someone in need on Thanksgiving is to give them love.