Giving Thanks

The seasons come and go but in all things and at all times we give thanks. Thanksgiving weekend in Canada arrives the 2nd weekend in October. We share with family, friends, and our communities the abundance that we see in our lives.

We gather for a festive meal – usually turkey, potatoes, etc. and then there are the pies! Oh yes the pies!

As we give thanks we enjoy the food prepared and the conversations shared. Many folk are gathering for the first time in months or perhaps years and so stories are shared of missing each other and all the holidays spent apart.

Pandemic protocols are still in place but this year we can gather. (much different from last October) Thus, we give thanks.

The Holy and Divine in our lives is more fully present to us when we offer thanks. Truth is, that presence is ALWAYS there – what’s missing is our awareness; our gratitude.

This weekend and moving forward, give thanks for all our daily needs that are met. We pray for those who have not had those needs met and ask the Spirit to help us find ways to help.

How about you? What’s on your thanksgiving list today? How will you help others have their needs met?

Blessings to all. Happy Thanksgiving.

Pastor Barbara

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…if we choose to accept this life. A favourite scripture passage for me is Micah 6:8

8He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

Do we seek out injustices to act justly? Do we show mercy (kindness) with love? What about our humility before God?

Day by day, step by step, we walk with God. In the walk we act justly and love kindness and all in humility with God.

Motivation Monday – Let’s get ready for Sunday

I usually start my week by reading the scripture I will use to create the worship for the coming week.

This week: John 13: 1-17 The washing of the feet of the disciples.

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Monday is the day I look at key phrases and those words that jump out at me.

How do I stay motivated to do this on what is essentially my day off?

  1. I read the scripture during my morning devotions. Some people use a specific devotional tool, book, or app. These are great to help you stay the course and connect with the Spirit at the beginning of your day.
  2. I search YouTube for songs and/hymns that speak to me
  3. Pinterest has lots of images. Searching using the key words help me to remain focused
  4. I write some key words in my bullet journal so I can see them throughout the day and the week.

Motivation can seem difficult if not full out impossible. Starting the week following these steps helps to keep me focused and on track.

What kinds of tools do you use to get and stay focused? What will you us today?

God’s blessings abound.

Pastor B.