Woody Allen or some prophet said that 95% of life is just showing up and Meister Eckhart said : “If the only prayer you say in your entire life is thank you, that will suffice.”  Sandy McCann says that one reason Jessie and I are loved in Tanzania is not that we are so great but that we care enough to come back  (we show up) ~ our friends know they are not forgotten.  Jessie has written sincerely about alternative giving and indeed, in just a few days you will get a  letter from us with hope that you will want to help.  It’s awkward to ask for money especially now when all of our mailboxes are stuffed with requests for donations to very worthy causes.  Go where your heart leads you.

I listened carefully to the prayers of the African people this summer.  Aside from praying for the right amount of rain I only heard prayers of  thanksgiving.  “Thank you God for this day, for this water, for this school, my family,” and so on. 

This is our national holiday ~ Thanksgiving Day and I daresay most of  us will go to bed tonight wishing we had not had that second helping.  Claude and I had Thanksgiving with Skip and Melissa Johnstone and their awesome family.  Skip asked us all to write something on a little piece of paper on the kitchen table that he could incorporate into his Thanksgiving prayer.  35 of us stood around the kitchen holding hands as he said grace.  There were prayers for our troops, for those who were not with us,  for our families, for love,  for our beloved dogs.  I added a prayer for those without a voice in Tanzania.   My particular prayer this day is for you  who have donated and supported our efforts in Tanzania.   This is one of my favorite prayers in the Book of Common Prayer:

Almighty God, we entrust all who are dear to us to thy never-failing care and love, for this life and the life to come, knowing that thou art doing for them better things than we can desire or pray for; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.