Thursday, November 24, 2011
Today is Thanksgiving in the United States, the beginning of a four-day family gathering unsurpassed by any other celebration in America, even Christmas. Along with being Thanksgiving Sunday in a lot of U.S. churches it will also be the first Sunday in the season leading to Christmas called Advent. There are themes for each of the weeks in Advent beginning with hope, followed by peace, joy, and then love. So what will American pastors do with the crossover between gratitude and hope?
One suggests that the two go together well and I'm wondering about exploring the mash-up of Thanksgiving and Advent hope myself. As I muse away I realize that when I am grateful to God I am inclined to have hope for my life and the world I live in, and vice versa. When I am ungrateful for the simple gifts around me I am more inclined to pessimism and cynicism.
Even though most of you are Canucks, can you muster some gratitude today? What are you grateful for and hopeful about in your life?