Abundant Thanks

Abundant Thanks

As the final leaves of autumn fall, we prepare to gather around tables laden with all the trappings of the feast: moist turkey, warm gravy, creamy mashed potatoes, and tart cranberry sauce. We settle into familiar family festivities – recalling the blessings of the past year, fellowshipping around the table, and playing board games in … Read more

Humble Christmas

2020 has been a year of humbling. We have been sent home to make sense of our reordered and restricted lives. We are not, as we had so often presumptuously imagined, in charge of our own destiny. And yet, Christmas still comes. While our modern American Christmas has been completely unraveled, the steady reliability of … Read more

2020 Thanksgiving

Simple Thanksgiving

In a year of unpredictability, Thanksgiving may seem like an odd holiday to celebrate. Endless cancelations, disappointments, and heartbreak in 2020 have been frustrating, discouraging, and sometimes, life-changing. It is hard to give thanks in hard things. What, exactly, are we supposed to be thankful for this year?   A different Thanksgiving As we lament … Read more

Hope for Christmas

As the calendar draws us closer to December 25th, many of us are feeling the Christmas crunch. Shopping, baking, cleaning, cooking, parties, concerts, and travel cram our schedules. Our brains are on Christmas-overload. One thing we can all agree on, Christmastime is b-u-s-y. Buying the perfect gift, gathering with family and friends, and enjoying the … Read more

Thanksgiving is a time to Reflect, Readjust, and be Grateful

Thanksgiving is a time when we pause to reflect on the past year. We count our blessings, remember the struggles, and thank God for the bounty that the fall harvest represents. Autumn’s cool, crisp air and early evenings draw us indoors where cozy slippers, sweaters, fireplaces, and steaming mugs not only warm our bodies but … Read more

Meaning of Christmas 2018

The True Meaning of Christmas

“Peace on earth” is a popular saying at Christmastime. We speak it as a warm greeting of holiday cheer and goodwill. We wish our neighbors a Merry Christmas and a peaceful holiday season. In our homes, the desire for peace usually means the easing of chaotic schedules and family conflict. Nationally and globally, we pray … Read more