This Thanksgiving, we are so thankful, for our lives, for health and healing, for abundance in our experience in so many ways. We praise God for the families-biological and other- that surround us, physically, emotionally, or spiritually this year at the start of a season of holidays. We give thanks for the food we consume, the hands that prepared it, the workers who grew it and raised it, the drivers who brought it to our markets, and especially for the wise ones who tended the Earth generations and generations before we even dreamt of this holiday.
We are grateful for our ancestors whose lives looked different from ours and who sacrificed for our benefit. We know the grace of God is in our very living. We hear Jesus in the gospel of John telling us, “I come to bring life and bring it abundantly” and then later, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” We will take this week to express our gratitude for this life.
We will dig into our response to Jesus’ invitations to us for life and life abundant. We will also wrestle with our experience that the life Jesus calls abundant doesn’t always seem abundant when we are living it. We will meet together for a single worship service at 10:00am in the sanctuary.