Prayer is the lifeblood of the Christian faith, but every time I go to pray I feel awkward for not knowing how a prayer is supposed to work. Maybe you feel this way too. I find a lot of comfort in this poem because of the way it points out the seeming ridiculousness of prayer, while also pushing that feeling of ridiculousness aside. I think this is important because, in modern society, everything feels more important than prayer.
I don’t think you ever get past the need for simple prayer. It’s the foundation of every other form. Praying is all about opening up a space for communication between you and God. Whether you’re meditating, interceding, or worshipping God through music, you are essentially communicating with God and building your relationship with Him. The potential problem with these other forms of prayer, though, is that, just like our other relationships, we can put on a face with God.
Thanksgiving was intended to be a celebration of unlikely friendships, people coming together across all boundaries, and acknowledging our dependance on God and our neighbors. We don't have to relegate these truths to an afterthought. Instead, we can begin new traditions and practices with our friends and family to help us all cultivate a heart of gratitude.