A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC
July 29, 2016
NOTES FROM DEACON PAREJA
November 16, 2019
November 17, 2018
“Over the river and through the woods, to Grandmother’s house we go”
Do you remember this song of old? I remember singing it as a very young child as our family traveled to Grandma and Grandpa’s house for Thanksgiving each year. Things have changed a bit – now
I’m the Grandma who lives in the woods and they’re all coming to my house!! And what a blessing that is!!
This Thursday many of us will gather with family and friends to celebrate Thanksgiving Day - a day set aside by our forefather’s at a time when it was unquestionable that we should gather to give thanks to God for the abundant blessings we have received and in doing so, that we might share our abundance with others. What joy would there be, to be so blessed and have no one to share those blessings with?
We must remember that many among us may be without family or a friend to share this day. Perhaps we could take time this week to think about how we might reach out to them. Every person has a story and every story needs to be honored. And as Christians, blessed by a loving, forgiving and merciful God, we are prepared to give not only to our own and for ourselves, rather, beyond ourselves that others may know the love and mercy of God through us. What a lovely tradition it might become to think of who you might invite or who you might provide with blessings for Thanksgiving.
The Scripture shared on Thanksgiving Day each year is the story of the ten lepers who begged for Jesus to heal them and when he did, only one of the ten came back to thank Jesus. Let us be like the one who realized just how much he was blessed in his healing. Let us not ever forget to thank God for his abundant love and blessings in our lives.
Here is a table prayer that you might like to pray with your friends and loved ones:
Gracious and Loving God, we give thanks this day
for all the blessings we have received.
In thanksgiving for our health,
we pray for those who are sick.
In thanksgiving for our home and our family,
we pray for the lonely, the hungry and homeless.
In thanksgiving for creation, we pray for peace in our beautiful world.
With grateful hearts we ask your blessing upon this food as we break bread together in your name. May we be strengthened and nourished that we might go forth from this table to love and to serve others.
We ask this in the name of your Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ. Amen.