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Gratitude

The word "THANKS" written in rusty metal letterpress type on an old aged leather background.This morning after service, I had a conversation. During the conversation, we chatted about what music selections would be chosen for the next couple of Sunday services. I mentioned that we were in the odd time just before Thanksgiving and the beginning of Advent. While there is a plan in place for music over the coming weeks, the conversation got me thinking about where my pre-Thanksgiving train of thought is. There’s very real secular momentum in place pushing us all into Christmas and it’s spectacularly easy to get caught up in that flow.

Will you join me in resisting? Will you join me in savoring the contemplative season before we sing “Joy to the world, the Lord is come”?

We’ll start with Thanksgiving – a celebration that isn’t specifically religious or ethnic.While it started with Christians, nobody is excluded from finding something to be thankful for. Gratitude is a healthy thing and most folks can find something be thankful for. Sure, Thanksgiving is about turkey (and football) and being with family. Those traditions become important milestones and reminders in our year. Reminders of the need to pay attention to the little things, to be thankful for what we have, to share with others, to deliberately see what is part of our world, and to thank God for His steadfast goodness and grace.

We’ll take our time and journey through Advent. Steeping ourselves in the blessings of the silent night that approaches. We’ll share God’s good news.

So, will you join me?

We’ve so much to be thankful for.

Blessings and grace,

Jen