Dear Lord, help us to choose gratitude as a way of being so that our joy might be complete and our days are filled with hope. Amen.

Thank you for being part of the PAUMC family! Whether you live near or far, your presence with us makes a difference and I am grateful for you and the journey we share.

These past 20 months have been challenging, to say the least. Even so, I hope you are finding much to be thankful for. I know I am.

Always high on my gratitude list are my children and grandchildren, siblings, nieces and nephews, wonderful friends, good health, freedom, a place to call home, peace of mind and clarity of thought (most days), sustaining faith, work that matters, and a community to share it with, on and on. Remembering, naming, and having some intentionality about the beauty as well as the difficulties of life helps me to not take so much for granted nor assume that I am somehow entitled. I am not. I am blessed.

Whatever your plans are this Thanksgiving weekend, I hope you will spend a bit of time counting your blessings and giving thanks, focusing more on what you have rather than what you don’t have, what is good and hopeful in your life as opposed to what is not, and being open to the surprising ways you might experience fresh grace and new beginnings.

And always remember, my friend, that if you have been gifted by love—good love received and given—you are blessed beyond measure, and you have something to be thankful for.

Be safe. Be encouraged. Be grateful.

Grace and peace,
Pastor Cathy