Thanksgiving Prayer

At tonight’s Thanks­giv­ing, Erin re­marked on how this was her first real Thanks­giv­ing din­ner away from her fam­ily, and that it was an odd feel­ing to just sit down and eat with­out any prayer be­fore­hand. (Yes, she’s a solid athe­ist in no dan­ger what­so­ever, thank you for ask­ing.)

And as she said this, it re­minded me of how wrong it is to give grat­i­tude to God for bless­ings that ac­tu­ally come from our fel­low hu­man be­ings putting in a great deal of work.

So I at once put my hands to­gether and said,

“Dear Global Econ­omy, we thank thee for thy economies of scale, thy pro­fes­sional spe­cial­iza­tion, and thy in­ter­na­tional net­works of trade un­der Ri­cardo’s Law of Com­par­a­tive Ad­van­tage, with­out which we would all starve to death while try­ing to as­sem­ble the in­gre­di­ents for such a din­ner as this. Amen.”