On a recent early morning walk, the sun was not yet up as I made my way around the neighborhood. I was able to just make out the snowcapped mountains in the distance asthe moon cast its fading light. Cars parked along the street were covered by a hard frost, and I knew that many people probably would have to scrape their car windows before heading off to work or school. Having forgotten to grab my gloves, I pulled my hands up into the sleeves of my sweatshirt to try to keep them warm, and I walked a little more quickly than I do most mornings.
All that I observed and felt that morning were reminders that although the calendar said that fall had arrived last month, it really hadn’t taken hold in my own mind until a few days ago as I prepared my garden plot for the winter.
We are constantly given reminders in our lives. There are reminders that theseasons are changing. There are reminders of the cycle of life as we experience birth and death in our families and community. We are reminded that life is not stagnant as we experience changes in our church, our community, and our world. Even as the leaves fall from the trees, we are reminded that within those very trees life continues, and the green of spring will come again.
What we do can also serve as reminders for others. When we show compassion, others are reminded that they are cared for and loved. As we collect food and supplies for The Action Center, people are reminded that they are valuable. As we open our church building to community groups, others are reminded that there is a welcoming place here at Green Mountain UMC. Our very lives can serve as a reminder to those around us that they are children of God.
As we come to Thanksgiving this year, I hope that you will give thanks for the many blessings in your life and that you will also give thanks for the ways in which we individually and together are able to remind others that they are beloved children of God.
Peace, shalom, paix, salaam, heiwa,