Thanksgiving is a ways off but this past Sunday, September 18 made me think of what it is to be thankful. I got to spend a day around The Capital District, the afternoon included a reception for me as the “newbie” DS. A combination of new friends (thanks District Committee on the Superintendency), familiar folks (from all over) and folks who shaped me into the person I am (the event was at my home church in Smithfield) all came together for what was for me a wonderful time. Again, and you to everyone who made it happen and who was there!
That time reminded me of a marvelous word from the Psalmist: “The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places.” [Psalm 16:6] That’s not to say that my life has been free from pain, far from it, but it does occur to me how much I have for which to be thankful. And that thanks always reminds me of what we as God’s children are called to do for folks who aren’t thankful and may well have no reason to be: it’s the response that comes in Psalm 16’s last verse, “You SHOW me the path of life . . . . “. Our work as God’s children, blessed to know generous grace, is to show others the same. Sometimes that means we show by sharing the Gospel, sometimes we stand in solidarity with those who mourn or suffer, sometimes we give gifts, sometimes we teach, always we show the path of life that leads to thankfulness.
Thank you all again for receiving me so kindly. Thank you for all I am learning in an incredible connection of churches–the Capital District–where we are thankful to know and to be able to share God’s great joy in Christ!
Grace and peace,
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