As is his custom, he composes a letter. A letter to whomever cares to read it. An open letter to God his father. A letter of thanks. This year it will be labor. That makes it all the more important. To thank in times of plenty, on rosy mornings when health, wealth and love greet you with a kiss is instinct, reflex. Easy. To find the blessings in the ashes of mourning, in the abscess of despair, in the full realization of the Curse, there, there are the times when thanskgiving is not an option but a need. A rope to cling to. A denial of aloneness. A reminder that the dark, stones of the cell are not the extent of the world but that somewhere, love is desperately longing to be with you. And walls of stone or despair while impervious to gentle touch, can do nothing to keep out love.
So while cat clings to it's hunger pains and cloud suffocates the sky, he looks beyond his mouldering, ailing prison to golden streets, crystal seas, palaces warmed and lit by pure holiness and one is never alone, not in body, not in mind, nor in spirit. One is fully, completely, totally known.
And loved. For though the eyes may not see, that has no bearing on it's certainty. He cannot see Tokyo but he believes it exists. He knows that while he shivers in Pennslobovia, another sweats in Peru, though he has no proof. So it is with the New Jerusalem. The new Zion. It is as real, if not more so than the pain in his joints, the cold of his feet and the emptiness of his cup. Autumn is upon us. The Jack O' Lantern has trumpeted Winter's icy vanguard on the horizon. The siege is coming. With it: famine and pestilence. Hard times, dark times are coming. Persecution. Suffering. Death rides in that vanguard. Men will become children. Their bones turning to water. Mothers will eat their young. It will be a hard winter. There will be days where it will be near impossible to find something to be thankful for but that will make it all the more necessary. Thanksgiving in trial makes hope and faith into fact and truth. In the dark, thank God for light. In the cold, thank God for heat. In the pain, thank God for healing. Alone, thank God for being there.
In Winter, of season, soul or history, thank God for Spring.