Our Ancestors

A finale of such bounty,

and with an explosion of intense beauty,

we surrender to the end.

It is fall. The sun shines less brightly,

and we hurry to enjoy the abundance.

Consider all that is around us and our many blessings. We receive so much; it is necessary to be grateful. All we are is because of what came before us. Listen to the voices of your ancestors and acknowledge these special gifts. Consider your immediate past as well as your deep past. See all your family around you, those related by blood and those related by the heart.

I am in awe of the bounty of blessings given to me both today and from extending time past. Like my grandmother’s laughter running through my blood, my DNA. Her gifts are part of me . . . her laugh, her swift card playing, her applesauce, her cookie perfection, her grapevines, her organizational finesse, her practical quilt stitch, and so much more. We all have these memories, this special bounty, this supreme support. Our ancestors offer us a never-ending river of gifts.

Consider the stories of an ancient tree. We often use the branches of a tree to represent how the individuals in a family are related. The tree grows as our families grow. The root system is as vast as our ancestral history. Try this exercise as you consider your ancestors.

  1. Draw a tree including the roots.
  2. Who came before you? These are the roots.
  3. Who is your family now? This is the trunk.
  4. What gifts have they bestowed? These are the branches.
  5. How do you use/honor these gifts? These are the leaves.
  6. How do you give thanks? This is the air and soil.


Humbly, a song by Lawrence Cole

Humbly we walk here

Humbly we sing here

Humbly we bless this ground

Humbly and with gratitude

Remembering the ancient ones

Who walked this ground