A Scots Grace for Thanksgiving Day

I was introduced to this short prayer when I had my first family meal with my Scots inlaws many years ago, in Alloway, Ayrshire, the birthplace of the "ploughman poet" Robert Burns. It is known as the "Selkirk Grace" and is often attributed to Burns, but it was apparently in use well before his birth:

Some hae meat and canna eat,
and some wad eat that want it,
but we hae meat and we can eat,
and sae the Lord be thankit.

So on this Thanksgiving Day, let the Lord be thankit...
Today I especially thank God for all my American friends and hope you have a wonderful day of celebration.

ps. Both today and yesterday's blog-posts have been sitting in my archive as scheduled posts for the past year, and so were as big a surprise to me when they appeared as they may have been to everyone else given my paucity of posts this year. An interesting addendum to them is, however, that this year as part of our community project we are having our own "Ulster-Scots" spin on Thanksgiving for our monthly family tea - Irish Stew followed by Pumpkin Pie or Apple Pie...



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