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The cooler temperatures signal the turning of the seasons. The holidays are approaching, though the advertisers have been preparing us for a long while.
While not an official liturgical holiday, Thanksgiving is a great reminder about the importance of taking a moment to stop and remember the many ways that we have been blessed. Blessing and thanksgiving are great biblical themes; the root of our word for Eucharist comes out of the Greek word for ‘thanksgiving.’ Every time we gather around the altar, we remember how God has blessed us.
But when we read Scripture, we also see that God’s people were never blessed for their own ends. Starting with Abraham in Genesis 15 and extending throughout the Bible, God’s people have always been blessed so that they can, in turn, be a blessing to others. God has given his people all kinds of gifts, abilities, and resources to share with each other and the world around them. When there are people with needs around us, we should first look to how we might share the ways God has blessed us with those in need.
At Fall Retreat we had the opportunity to help students grasp how God has gifted them so that they might give back to other people. I have been encouraged to see a number of students follow up with me about their ideas for service and how they can put their gifts into action.
It’s important to give thanks for all that God is doing. But we can’t stop there. Giving thanks should lead towards giving back to the Lord, for all we have are gifts he has entrusted toward us. There are so many opportunities to give back in both November and December, starting this weekend with our Thanksgiving outreach. Thanks be to God for these chances to give thanks and to give back.
The Rev. Taylor IshiiYoung Adult Ministry
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