Wednesday, November 23, 2005

The Ultimate Immigrant Holiday

Thanksgiving commemorates the welcome offered to foreign newcomers. That first cross-cultural feast set the standard for American hospitality sky-high. Unfortunately, it led to the marginalization and destruction of nations who called this land their home, and many of their descendants grieve the open-hearted generosity of their ancestors. My Thanksgiving prayer is that those of us who are newcomers today will repay any hospitality we receive with a blessing instead of a curse — restoring grace to the holiday in memory of the first peoples who welcomed strangers into their communities.

2 comments:

Tired Immigrant said...

I never thought of Thanksgiving as an "immigrant holiday" before, but I guess you're right.

Happy Thanksgiving to you!

Mitali Perkins said...

Tired Immigrant, why are you tired?