Thanksgiving soon will be here,
A grand and special day,
So I opened up the Good Book
To see what it has to say.
I find in Deuteronomy
A glorious proclamation:
“There shall be no needy among you
In any land or nation!” (15:4)
What a wonderful vision that is!
If only it were true,
But I note a few lines further
We have much work to do!
“The poor will never cease to be,” (15:11)
The very next paragraph reads.
How can two such opposite views
Be almost rubbing knees?
The answer lies between
The conflicting thoughts we heard,
But we must follow closely
And take to heart God’s words!
There will be no poor about!
But that can only happen when,
We all work together
To make it “Now,” not “Then!”
Yet we know the time’s not near
When all will heed God’s wish
So those of us who really care
Must step up to the dish.
Those of us who’re here today
Are comfortable no doubt.
But all too many on God’s earth
Surely do without!
Without a home to keep them dry
Without clothes to keep them warm,
From snow and sleet and wind and rain,
And every passing storm.
Others strive just to exist
Without enough to eat
Try feeding five on minimum wage.
That’s surely no mean feat.
And don’t forget those in our midst
Who have much that they own,
But suffer sadness deep inside
And feel so all alone.
Can our hearts make room for them?
Our bounty share at least?
And perhaps invite some to our home
To share Thanksgiving’s feast!
Scripture’s charge to us is clear:
There is much still to be done,
Before our world and God’s will
Truly become one!
As we give thanks for all our blessings,
With hearts and hands unfurled:
Let’s embrace God’s challenge to us
To repair our broken world!
4 thoughts on “ Bridging the Gap Between Deuteronomy 15:4 and 15:11 A Thanksgiving Prayer”
Nice poem, dad. Very appropriate and needed.
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Your words are always eloquent, timely and inspiring!
I will do an all-time rapid finger roll in your honor (did it eighteen times as you just read this word)
Happy, healthy, fulfilling days ahead as T’giving arrives and Hanukkah prepares to cast light upon us all
Best thing that happened today is hearing from you, Ell, Been too long