Thanksgiving – a time to identify what we’re grateful for. Another opportunity to remember past events and relationships as well as current relationships that have meant something dear to us.
One year, as a family, we did a memory line. The idea is that you take a long piece of thin rope, or you could use ribbon or twine, etc. As you tell your life’s story you tie a knot at significant events. Each year you add on to your memory line as a way of recording for yourself and those for whom your telling your story.
Thurman focuses on the warmth of humankind that he had known: his mother’s arms, his father’s strength, friends to play with, etc. As he remembered the laughter, or twinkle in someone’s eye it was a reminder to him that life is good.
He calls them a sacrament of Thanksgiving –
I think we can do this act of remembering any time of the year. It would be a different kind of journaling. We could bring friends together for a meal every quarter even and recant our lifeline of visible signs of an inward grace.