Thomas Awiapo

Thomas Awiapo: From Ghana With Love – Happy Thanksgiving

Come November 26, 2009, Americans will be celebrating Thanksgiving once again – a time of gathering of families and friends, a time of gratitude to God and to one another for blessings received.

One of the most memorable moments of my life was when I had the singular opportunity to be present in the United States for Thanksgiving Day. It was the first time I tasted turkey. It was so yummy I ate so much of it that I had problems with my stomach. Apart from an overdose of turkey, it was unspeakably impressive to observe and experience the love and intimacy amongst families and friends. It is currently the image that sticks out in my mind when I think of Thanksgiving in the US and I hope that I am correct.

Though happy and proud to be a Ghanaian, I love and cherish America and Americans. I have great respect and admiration for your tradition of Thanksgiving and surely will miss it this time.

As you prepare to celebrate another Thanksgiving Day, a moment of sharing meals with love and affection amongst families and friends, a moment of renewing relationships, may I, with all humility entreat you to be mindful of the one global family that we all belong to by virtue of our humanity. May the joy, love and intimate relationships that you share and celebrate at Thanksgiving transcend just families and friends to the oneness of people all over the world. May you remember to pray for peace and harmony as you enjoy that well stuffed and tasty turkey.

I asked a dear American friend of mine about her concept of Thanksgiving and this was what she said; “It seems to me that the deepest joy in Thanksgiving is answering the call to give others reasons to be thankful. It is a call to share our gifts in Thanksgiving to God for God’s blessings on us”. She concluded by saying, “Thanksgiving begets Thanksgiving and the graces grow and grow”. With this powerful image of Thanksgiving, I wish you all – HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!

- Thomas Awiapo
As a child in Ghana, Thomas Awiapo was a beneficiary of CRS school feeding programs. Now, as an adult, he works for CRS Ghana and travels to the U.S. annually to tell his inspiring story to American Catholics at schools, parishes and communities. Thomas will be a featured guest blogger and will be reporting from Ghana about the issues he witnesses firsthand.

Watch the video: Empowered for Life: The Thomas Awiapo Story.

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