Listening to Tom Waits singing "Diamonds in Your Mind" at night in Lewes, the village on the edge of the Ocean, with a waxing Gibbous Moon in a clear sky.
Somewhere in the mind and heart of each of us is that moment: the moment called perfect.
In the past I have at one time or another longed for that moment only to find that when I counted up the facts perfection became an illusion and disappeared off into the future or the past, or worse, escaped my present.
Too much I.
Time weighs heavily. Ferleinghetti may have been perpetually awaiting a rebirth of wonder but I am tired of waiting. The infant was born twenty centuries ago. What's taking us so long to get? Anticipation can only take us so far. The second coming is a sham if He doesn't pass this way soon.
Wait without waiting is what there is.
Prayer doesn't work. Too much a hand full of gimme and a mouth full of much obliged. Whatever our list of petitions, praises, penances and adorations, thanksgivings, intercessions, and on and on, they all seem failures. We need more than what we have for words, we have less than what we need of inner peace.
Prayer without praying is what there is.
Revolution is in the air, but the beast is eating at our bowels. By the time we pull ourselves up by the bootstraps the rats will be eating our liver and the money men will own it all. Action doesn't work. The worms have a lead on us.
Action without action is what there is.
For this moment there is no waiting, no prayer, no action, there is no thing. For this moment, and splashing out beyond the distant past and future, there is this:
It is Thanksgiving, an event on the civil religion calendar; the occasion for offering thanks to God for all God's graciousness towards us as a people and to remember how blessed we are.
We might turn our thoughts to recounting such matters. But perhaps we might let it all go. Perhaps, as the occasion arises, we could rise up in delight and thanksgiving and say, "perfect."
Perfect is near at hand.
Thankgiving is mostly the "Ah" in recognizing the perfect.
Eat some bread; drink some wine. Share time with a thou. Find Jesus close as your friend.