Some days, we forget to look around us. Some days, we can’t see the joy that surrounds us. So caught up inside ourselves… we take when we should give. So for tonight we pray… for what we know can be, and on this day… we hope for what we still can’t see. It’s up to us to be the change, and even though we all can still do more… There’s so much to be thankful for
From Thankful, written by Bayer Sager, Foster, Page
When I watch the heart wrenching news reports from the aftermath of a tornado that has destroyed a town out in the middle of our nation, it seems that all I hear from the survivors, standing in the midst of such devastation are words of thanks for what was saved- the people they loved- where all that mattered when all seemed lost around them, and in their faith and courage, they will find the strength to start over again. It certainly puts it all in perspective.
Thanksgiving, the feast of Christ the King, the season of Advent, and Christmas are perfect times to find ways rediscover that perspective; to express our thanks to God not just for the many resources and gifts we have, but even more, for the families, friends, and all the loved ones He has blessed us with. During this happy season of hope, please prayerfully and happily give that those around us so others may experience the presence of God’s blessing in peace, joy, and hope.
Whether you give to our parishes, St. Vincent de Paul, our Harvest of Hope food pantry, the Giving Trees, and so many other ways, you are giving more than your resources- you are sharing the gifts you have received. Let’s make this year we give beyond! There is so much to be thankful for.