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

Our job description

…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.

Sabbath time…We are equipped

Ephesians 4:11-16

11 The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ. 14 We must no longer be children, tossed to and fro and blown about by every wind of doctrine, by people’s trickery, by their craftiness in deceitful scheming. 15 But speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, 16 from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by every ligament with which it is equipped, as each part is working properly, promotes the body’s growth in building itself up in love.

Blessed to be a blessing….Pastor Barbara

Jesus is for you and for me

A fresh start; new beginning and still, Christ is with me.

No matter the struggles – moving forward, two steps back – three forward. The friend I have in Jesus is with me.

Steps to stay on track:

  • Stay focused on Jesus, the Messiah
  • Do what I can, when I can, to follow in his teacings
  • Do what I can, when I can, to share in the ways that the Spirit invites

Sometimes, it’s hard to find the work the Spirit does in our lives. For me, that means it’s time to be still and know. Life becomes over-whelming when we neglect to care for ourselves. With Christ as our guide we can move forward and see the joy that comes with the dawn.

Friends, know that the Jesus I believe in, is here for me, is also here for you. Rest, renew, and replenish. All will be well.

May you find rest and peace in God who loves you.

Blessings,

Pastor Barb

Small Enough

God, the Divine and Holy, is so big that there is no way to draw the outline or put this Spirit into a box.

I believe as well that God is small enough to rest within our hearts; small enough to be the still small of voice that speaks love and compassion.

We prayer to hear this voice whether big or small.

May we find those blessings that are hiding in the stillness and in the small parts of our lives.