Gospel Reflection for November 27, 2016, 1st Sunday Advent

Sunday Readings: Isaiah 2.1-5, Romans 13.11-14, Matthew 24.37-44 Thanksgiving gatherings are troubling many folks after the election. The gospel that begins the church year wakes us up to love one another. The gospel is about Jesus’ coming again, an event that seems far off, but the gospel uses the flood in the time of NoahContinue reading “Gospel Reflection for November 27, 2016, 1st Sunday Advent”

Giving Thanks

  O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever. -Psalm 136:1 When I was little, my mom required us to make homemade thank you cards for everything. It became second nature, habit. As an adult, it is still part of my spiritual practice. I don’t use constructionContinue reading “Giving Thanks”

Giving Thanks Through it All

The world is crying. Yet we are called to continue, from the depth of sorrow, to give thanks. Lord, hear my prayer; listen to my plea for mercy. I call on You in the day of my distress, for You will answer me. -Psalm 86:6-7 Thank goodness for the Psalms. There are as many psalmsContinue reading “Giving Thanks Through it All”

Thanksgiving Every Day

The other night I was over at a friend’s house for dinner. In the middle of the table were leaf-shaped pieces of construction paper in fall colors. Before we ate, my friend had her two children pick a leaf and write on it one thing they were thankful for. The five-year old boy picked me.Continue reading “Thanksgiving Every Day”