May 25, 2019

Tag - Gratitude

Celebrating Thanksgiving

Special days of thanksgiving existed in earlier cultures, including Egyptian, Greek, Roman, and ancient Jewish, yet we Americans are more familiar with the ones that occurred several hundred years ago in Florida, Virginia, and most notably Plymouth...

Thanks Givers

In 1774—two years before our nation’s founding—a famous American woman was born in New York City; twenty years later she married another well-known New Yorker. Both were Episcopalians, the religion to which many prominent, upper-class Americans...

Gratitude is the Key

One summer day a farmer took a truckload of wheat to the grain elevator at a nearby town; afterwards he went to a small restaurant for lunch. There happened to be a group of rowdy teenagers sitting a few tables over; they were demonstrating poor...

The Price He Paid for Us

Once there was a little orphaned boy who lived with his grandmother; everyone in town knew and loved him. One night tragedy struck: the house caught on fire, and the grandmother was overcome by smoke. A crowd gathered outside, and they could hear...

The Blessings of Lent

All Christians know the story of Christ’s passion, death, and resurrection by heart. They know, as well, the incomparable blessing bestowed by those events, succinctly expressed in the words, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only...

My Ways Are Not Your Ways

Every three years we are called upon to meditate and to live by the teaching of this strange yet familiar parable (Mt 20:1-16) that flies in the face of distributive justice: i.e., each one should be getting whatever each one deserves. At first, it...

A Debt We Can Never Repay

Several years ago, walking through the woods behind our Seminary property in late April, as my eyes strained to spot morels, I was startled by the shy yet imposing beauty of tiny plants of yellow violets. Aren’t violet supposed to be blue? Those...

Father Knows Best

We should be grateful to Jesus (Mt 6:24-34) also for revealing to us this side of our heavenly Father’s tender heart. Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life...

Being Grateful for God’s Gifts

Once there was a wealthy woman who employed two servants in her home: a maid, and a cook. Every year at Christmas time the woman gave her servants an expensive gift. One year, however, the servants were surprised when their gift turned out to be a...

Who is Packing Your Parachute?

“Recently, I was sitting in a restaurant in Kansas City. A man about two tables away kept looking at me. I didn’t recognize him. A few minutes into our meal he stood up and walked over to my table, looked down at me, pointed his finger in my face...