As many of us prepare for Thanksgiving Day and the weekend ahead, I want to wish you a truly blessed celebration. Many of you will be gathering with loved ones and, while likely eating way too much food (Enjoy!), offering thanks for God's abundant blessings. May your joy be full and overflowing tomorrow and throughout the holiday season ahead.
However, let us also remember that there will be others for whom this festive season will not be experienced with the joy of abundance, nor surrounded by family and friends. Many thanks to those of you who continue to reach out to bless the homeless and hungry of our communities at Thanksgiving and throughout the year to make a difference in lives that are hurting.
The weeks ahead can also be a time of great sorrow for those who are grieving the death of a loved one. Take time to reach out to those experiencing loss, honoring boundaries and their desire to take a step back from festivities when needed, but reminding them that they are not alone.
The Advent season in the life of the church is one of both contemplation and joy, sorrow and hope, darkness and light. This weekend we celebrate the First Sunday in Advent (no Saturday worship this weekend) as we wait with tenacity and hope for the coming of Christ in history, mystery, and majesty.
For those of you who are traveling this weekend, may your travels be safe. Blessings in this time of watching, waiting, and giving thanks.