Thanksgiving week is one of the most peaceful weeks of the year for me! I find Thanksgiving to be kind of a mini retreat; not that I need another retreat having just returned from Eastern Point Retreat House. The pace is a little slower allowing me time to connect with significant others in my life. It also gives me, as I hope you, time to reflect on the blessings showered upon us in the past year. I realize that sometimes it is difficult to see the blessings through all the trials and pains we sometimes have to confront, but the blessings are there. Here are my top 4 blessings this year:
- The continued good health of my family.
- The overwhelming support I received when I was away for a few weeks this past summer.
- Another year (37+) of ministry in our Church.
- Ministry with the people of Transfiguration as a joyful experience for me and hopefully for you.
President-Elect Donald Trump has a great challenge ahead of him as he tries his best to be the President for all Americans and bring a divided nation to unity, I cannot even imagine taking on the task. I pray that as Americans we make our best effort to give the President our support in his presidency. I write this as carefully as I can because the presidency is what it is all about, we may not care for the man, but we must care and love the position as the leader of the greatest democracy of the world. I say this about the position, for many reasons. I have had numerous reactions to our recent election, but the one I cannot get out my head comes from numerous young parents, including one of my nephews who is father to 3 young children, they ask: "How do I explain this man to my young children, especially my young daughters?" I don't have a good answer other than, "You may not be able to respect the individual, but we have to respect the position of presidency." My prayer is we come to respect the individual and always respect the position.
Our future is filled with hope because we are Americans and we have always been a Country of visionaries and hope filled people. We will continue to be a people of hope if we remember America is all the people, not any one person. We must hope!
We need to pray for our own strength; for the courage to replace bitterness with love and that anger may be channeled into constructive action. Let us also pray that when we love, we love together - and that out of that love we can act together. As Hillary Clinton wisely told us, we are stronger together, in spite of our differences, as long as we respect our differences, and one another.
Let us continue to pray for peace in our world!
In peace and courage,