All Good Gifts
This is stick-to-the-kitchen-floor day in my house. I love to cook but do it with, shall we say, a lack of specificity. It’s the day I spend more time in the kitchen than any other, so I crank up the music and sing as I make my messes, which will hopefully turn out to be quite tasty. James Taylor, the Anonymous 4, Paul Loether (yes, OUR Paul Loether), and Bryn Terfel keep me company. Also show tunes. I am smitten with songs from “Wicked,” especially the touching “For Good.” I chop and mix and weep as I sing along.
This is my Thanksgiving, as much as is the gathering on Thursday—a day just to do what I love to do and let my God-given feelings fly where they will. We have much to be emotional about; I don’t have to recite that litany. But for at least Wednesday and Thursday, I’m going to be grateful for all of it—the great gifts and the sorry messes. We are changed, we are challenged, we are alive, and we have possibilities to do amazing things. I’m going to give thanks for the people I’ve lost this year because of the remarkable blessing that I got to love them. Moreover, we’ve been given the ability and the call to serve others, which is the greatest gift of all. And the Lord loves us, go figure, as amazingly difficult as we seem to make it.
Here at St. Alban’s, I personally thank God for all those who have redoubled their commitment this year, working hard to strengthen the fabric of our church; for our vestry and leaders who have sought God’s guidance in making difficult decisions; for Sunday School teachers. I give thanks for Jim’s sermon this week and his will to hold fast to the Gospel; for Deborah’s faith-filled intellect and grace; for Emily’s tender devotion to our children in spite of pneumonia; for determined and joyful music makers; for First Wednesdays and open Thanksgiving dinners, where we delight in being in Christian community; for each of you.
For all this and so much more: Thank you Lord, thank you. Thank you for this blessed community, and make us worthy to be your witnesses and do our work in your name.