Monday, November 23, 2009

Segregated Thanksgiving

Welcome to "The Gods Are Bored!" Sex, drugs, and rock and roll! Yeaaaahhhh.

Can I be candid? Of the above list, the only thing I would take right now is a roll. With butter and perhaps some jam.

Every year on the night before Thanksgiving, the local churches put together an "ecumenical" service for the season. Meaning that the service alternates between churches, and every year a different pastor leads the bash. All are welcome, so long as they're Christian, Muslim, or Jewish. It's rather like the National Day of Prayer. Go ahead and pray if you're a follower of the busy god. As for the bored gods, they're not even in the balcony.

Don't bored gods deserve a wink and a nod on Thanksgiving as well? If you think so, please leave an "ecumenical" comment, lavishing kindness on the bored god or goddess of your choice.

You can praise the busy god too, if you like. Gotta wonder why you would want to, though. He has plenty of attention by half.

May your travels be safe!

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At November 23, 2009 , Blogger Debra She Who Seeks said...

Yes, interfaith events are pretty picky and exclusive, aren't they? Have a great Thanksgiving, Anne!

 
At November 24, 2009 , Blogger Sarita said...

Hey, it's not Jesus' fault that some of his "followers" are nuts!

The other deities I'd like to lavish kindness on though...let's see...Taliesin, Brighid, Pele, Danu...somehow I'm not thinking of more. So I'll leave it at that four! :)

 
At November 24, 2009 , Blogger Shehuntstoo said...

gotta agree with Sarita :)
hmmm Hecate and Artemis come to mind

 
At November 24, 2009 , Anonymous harmonyfb said...

This year, I'm thankful that Hermes let me know (in pointed and considerable detail) that he was watching over my father and grandmother as they crossed into the afterlife.

I'm thankful that Aphrodite continues to bless my marriage bed with love and desire.

I'm thankful to Dionysus for calling to my oldest child, giving her the religious focus she wished for. I'm grateful to whichever bored god whispered in Rick Riordan's ear, so that I have a simple and entertaining way to teach Classical religion to my middle child - and I'm thankful to Apollo, Thoth, and Hermes, who apparently inspire him. I'm thankful to Artemis for watching over my youngest daughter and giving her confidence.

 
At November 24, 2009 , Blogger Rambler said...

Huh. Where I went to college the non-denominational chapel at least brought in a Buddhist speaker once in a while...

I'll thank Brigit and Ganesh, even though they're both pretty busy (in one form or another, anyway). And also Odzihozo, who formed the landscape of my home state.

 
At November 24, 2009 , Blogger miakoda said...

The bored gods aren't in the balcony 'cause they're out in the trenches with the rest of us troublemakers. ;)

I give thanks to the keepers of the crossroads, Anubis and Hecate and Legba. They open doors when I least expect it, and guide me down paths I might never have seen otherwise.

Blessings also to the honored dead among us. May we make you proud, and be always mindful of those who have gone before. Henu Akhu.

 
At November 24, 2009 , Blogger Paula said...

I too give thanks to the honored dead. May our vision be clear enough to learn from you.

Our local Methodist puts on a community dinner the weekend before. Everyone is welcome.

Paula

 
At November 24, 2009 , Blogger Buzzardbilly said...

This post reminds me of how the ex's family in England used to refer to certain people as God-botherers.

I will be having some Heavenly Ham. I will consider this to be the sum total of religiousness to my Thanksgiving.

 
At November 24, 2009 , Anonymous Lynda said...

These are lovely. The Goddess Bless us all.

 
At November 24, 2009 , OpenID henadology said...

I give thanks to Isis, who's rather busy Herself.

 
At November 24, 2009 , Blogger LJ said...

I think that this year, my thanks will go to Ukko, a God of the Finnish pantheon. I doubt he's really busy these days, I'd like to make him busier.

 
At November 24, 2009 , Blogger Lavanah said...

Inanna, Freya (who has been busier, of late)Hecate (also busier, lately) and Kamrusepas.

 
At November 24, 2009 , Blogger YELLOWDOG GRANNY said...

I will say my prayers to freya like i always do..

 
At November 24, 2009 , Blogger Laura said...

My thanks to Hestia who is hopefully helping us sell our house and find a new one - she's got to be busy in this economy!

And I've been reading your blog for quite awhile now - I just don't get around to commenting often. You keep me quite entertained - thanks!

 
At November 24, 2009 , Blogger Hecate said...

Macha Nightmare does the work of the gods trying to represent Pagans at interfaith thingies. I don't know how she puts up with it.

I'm not a "person of faith." I don't have faith in the Goddesses and Gods; I have experience.

 
At November 25, 2009 , Blogger Maebius said...

I'll give a generalized Thanks to all the bored gods and goddesses, including YWHW, simply because sincere praise and Thanksgiving makes the world a happier place. (this is part of my spiritual practice this week, Thanks for All Things).
Also, if you want something more ecumenical, replace "friends" in the link to the following wonderful meditation with "The Divine", which still includes friends since we all contain that Divine Sparks.
http://everthorn.net/musings/2009/11/friends-like-weed/?p=727

 
At November 25, 2009 , Blogger Dj said...

I think the night before thanksgiving should be dedicated to Sucellus. It's the biggest bar night of the year. So raise a glass and give a toast to good ol' Sucellus.

 
At November 25, 2009 , Blogger Thalia said...

Kamrusepas! Glad someone else has heard of Her. She's a good one.

I think I'll give thanks to Gaea; that feels most appropriate on a general level to me.

 
At November 25, 2009 , Blogger kessa said...

I just learned of Seshat, inventor of the written word, I think I'll give thanks to her. Kjbrooklyn

 
At November 26, 2009 , Blogger anet said...

I give thanks to the Flying Dakinis and the Goddess Divine who lives in our hearts. If the Dakinis were in the balcony, they would not have stayed there long. Those girl goddesses dance and fly! Then what a bash it would have been. :)

 
At November 28, 2009 , Blogger Demetris said...

nice post! As for me, I believe in God. i do not mean any particular God. I mean the existance of something supernatural. and i do not pray... i know only one prayer. but i do not say it... i do not see any need of it

All the best! Regards.

 
At December 07, 2009 , Blogger kimc said...

Have you read Small Gods by Terry Pratchett? He posits that the "busy gods" are dead, because the worshipers worship the religion rather than the God.

 
At February 23, 2010 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

long live Brigid, and may she never be transmuted into a saint again! (oh, the SHAME)
Also Mother Danu, the Horned One, and the Morrigan, most dangerous (and awesome) of crow goddesses

 
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