Here we are at the month of giving thanks. We begin by giving thanks for all the saints who have come before us and the chance to follow them into God’s holiness. At the same time, we will give thanks for all the gifts of life and dedicate ourselves to God by making our financial pledges and promises for 2021. Ten days later, we give thanks for
all those veterans who have given of themselves that we might have more peace and freedom than we ever would have had without their work and sacrifice. Then, later in the month, we will celebrate Thanksgiving itself when we give thanks to God for everything.
And this year, Thanksgiving will be a little different. As most everything has been a little different this year. Most of us won’t be making long journeys to be with family. Many of us will not be able to have a table full of family and friends. And we won’t be able to have a parish hall full of people gathering to receive our thanksgiving meal and share in our fellowship. Like other times this year, we will be creative and find ways to zoom together, make and take meals to those who might otherwise not have one safely, and keep in contact and communion in ways that keep us all safe in the face of a pandemic.
How will you give thanks? What are you thankful for this year? It may just be me, but I think I am hearing folks say more and more “when we can be together again, I’ll ....” Someday we will be past the dangers of this pandemic and be able to be together in ways we have missed for over 7 months now. And there will be much to give thanks for
then! But God is also blessing us now. There is much to give thanks for right now in the midst of the pandemic. Here are a few new things I am thankful for these days:
There is always so much to give thanks for to God. Always. And this year is no different. I haven’t even begun with my list. What are you thankful for? How can you show God your thanks? And how might your gratefulness bring a richness to these days of pandemic, bless them and bless us all? We can expend our energies complaining that the cup is empty because of the pandemic, or we can fill it with all that God gives us today. Then we will discover that actually even now our cup overflows.
God’s Peace, Fr. Gary
The Very Rev. Gary Barker