I wonder just how many persons were fed in the miracle that Matthew records: 5000 men PLUS women and children. What did they think? What did they do? How many spoke to Jesus? From our perspective they all should have been grateful for what they had experienced.
There is no direct connection between the miracle of Jesus and the countless numbers of persons who shared in a meal on last Thanksgiving Day. But a number of questions have occurred to me as I reflected on this nationally observed day. I mentioned the queries in last Sunday’s “word”. I want to raise these again on this first Lord’s Day since Thanksgiving. Let me ask you to give to yourself a “Thanksgiving Self-Exam”. Only you can grade yourself. But join with me in the assessment. For WHAT are you thankful? For WHOM are you thankful? TO WHOM have you been a blessing? How do these come to life in your thanksgiving to God?
Next Sunday is the first Sunday in Advent. What sacred anticipations are stirred in you?
Be reminded that two Sundays from today we are asked to gather in a special hearing/experience concerning the directions of the faith we hold across the globe. What role are we playing? Let us come to worship at 10 am and then reassemble at 3:30 pm for a question and answer exchange with our special guest—The Reverend Dr. Wesley Granberg Michaelson. He is a noted man of faith, learned about the global picture and a personal friend/colleague. Invite others to both assemblies. A serving of food will be available between the two services so that you don’t necessarily have to go home but can remain in fellowship.
“God’s grace and peace be multiplied unto you . . .”