Gratitude is a pathway to the divine. Gratitude to God opens our heart to know God in this moment. Giving thanks to God changes our relationship with God in an immediate, intimate way. Gratitude reorients our spirit and opens our hearts to love.
Giving thanks works similarly with people. Gratitude opens our hearts to know the one we thank in that moment; truly know them as a child of God. Giving thanks to another person changes our relationship with that person in an effective, meaningful way.
On this Thanksgiving Day, even though we are separated by the pandemic, my prayer for you is that you will know the heart and spirit blessing of giving thanks. And so, I will start by giving thanks to you.
Thank you for your love of God. Thank you for your support of St. Dunstan’s church and all our ministries even in this time when we are not able to gather. Thank you for your kindness in calling the other people in your Care Group. Thank you for watching our Sunday worship online and finding the grace and blessing in this new way of praying together. Thank you for your celebration of the events of our common life, like the ordination of our newest deacon, the Rev. Alan Christensen and the completion of our new Ortloff Organ. Thank you for your love and appreciation expressed to me and to your staff. Thank you for the spirit of generosity, compassion, and love that is so evident in this congregation.
Have a blessed Thanksgiving Day.