I want to share one of my favorite writings with you today. It’s a short letter
that Fra Giovanni wrote to his friend in 1513. It’s called – “Take Peace”
I salute you. I am your friend and my love for you goes deep.
There is nothing I can give you which you have not got. But there is much,
very much, that while I cannot give it, you can take.
No heaven can come to us unless our hearts find rest in today. Take heaven!
No peace lies in the future which is not hidden in this present little instance.
The gloom of the world is but a shadow. Behind it, yet within our reach, is joy.
Life is so full of meaning and purpose, so full of beauty . . . that you will
find earth but cloaks your heaven.
Courage then to claim it, that is all! . . . And so I greet you, with profound
esteem and with the prayer that for you, now and forever, the day breaks and
the shadows flee away.
May your table be surrounded with love & laughter this Thanksgiving, and may your heart
be filled with thankfulness, as you’re reminded of the many blessings that God has
brought to your home.