Happy Thanksgiving

I keep mixing and remixing.
Here’s another version of “Thanks,” just in time for tomorrow.
I think it’s the best yet.

Happy Thanksgiving, everybody…EF

“If the only prayer
You ever prayed
In your entire life
was “Thank You,
It would be enough.”
— Meister Eckhart
THANKS
For mountains green with aspen stands,
fluttering like waving hands,
for broad lands,
I will give thanks.
For ember orange sunset glow,
purple skies burning low,
the days go,
and I will give thanks.
For silver incandescent moons,
every midnight howl and swoon,
real soon,
I will give thanks.
For each moment here, for each memory clear
For each day I wake, for each breath I take
For each pain I bear, for each love I share….
Thanks.
For berry’s taste and coffee’s smell
rituals we learn so well
that foretell
that I will give thanks.
For lovers touch and wounds that heal
friends who laugh and think and feel
when it’s real
I will give thanks.
For loving those the world rejects
the poor and holy heretics
it connects
that I will give thanks.
For each moment here, for each memory clear
For each day I wake, for each breath I take
For each pain I bear, for each love I share….
Thanks.
And is it really all that tough to believe one word could say enough?
For every blocked and crooked path
for every door that closed to fast
for the past
I will give thanks.
For every chance yet to forgive
and every second yet to live
that life gives
I will give thanks.
For times when death comes like a friend
and trusting life can never end
it’s well then that
I will give thanks.
For each moment here, for each memory clear
For each day I wake, for each breath I take
For each pain I bear, for each love I share….
Thanks.
words and music, Eric Folkerth © 2011. All Rights Reserved.
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Eric Folkerth is a minister, musician, author and blogger. He has been Senior Pastor of Northaven United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas since 2001. During his tenure, church membership has grown almost 30 percent, and a completely new church facility (sanctuary and education building) has been constructed. Northaven is a leading progressive Christian congregation in the Southwest. Northaven is an eclectic collection of gay and straight families, artists, musicians, theater folks, academic theologians, lawyers and judges (go figure), socially conscious community activists, people who don't "check their brain at the door," and a wide array of others who either see it as their "last chance" inside the "institutional church," or their first trip back in decades. Eric is an avid blogger and published author.  Eric is also an award-winning singer-songwriter, who performs throughout Texas and the Southwest. He's an engaging live performer whose first CD was released in 2000. His songs have won honorable mention in both the Billboard and Great American song contests; and he's been a finalist in the 5th Street Festival and South Florida Folk Festival songwriter competitions. Eric is also a leader of Connections, a unique band comprised of United Methodist clergy and layfolk from throughout North Texas. Connections performs "cover shows" of artists like Dan Fogelberg, Chicago, Eagles, Doobie Brothers, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, James Taylor and others. Their shows draw crowds of between 300 and 1,000 fans, and they have raised more than $240,000 dollars for worthy charities. Eric has led or co-led hundreds of persons on mission trips around the globe, to places such as Mexico, Haiti, Russia, and Nepal. He has worked with lay persons to build ten homes, and one Community Center, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Dallas. He's a popular preacher, and often tackles challenging issues of social justice in his writings and sermons. His wife, Judge Dennise Garcia, is a State District Judge for Dallas, County. As judge of the 303rd Family District Court, she consistently gets high ratings from area lawyers, and was named "best judge" by The Dallas Observer. First elected in 2004, she was the first Latina ever elected to a county-wide bench in Dallas County. She was re-elected for a third term in 2010. They have the world's best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy. (As always, if you like this post, then "like" this on Facebook by clicking the box below, so others can see too...)

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