Giving Thanks

November – the month of giving thanks.

It's a good time to turn our thoughts toward gratitude. It's a good time to re-focus and remember to see ourselves as gracious, grateful, and generous people. Time to remember to be our best selves, our most faithful selves.

When we gather and plan ahead for what we will give to the church, we are practicing these things, and engaging in a spiritual practice. Giving, generosity, is a spiritual discipline. When we give to the church, or to those in need, or to those we love, we do it because of who we are – the kind of people we are. We are who we are at our best when we are tuned in to ourselves as grateful, gracious, generous people.

We are children of God, bearing God's name. We are St. Stephen's people, part of a caring, justice-seeking faith family.

This next Sunday will be pledge Sunday, when we say who we are by supporting the vitality of our church. Remember: we are called to act with justice; we are called to love tenderly; we are called to serve one another, to walk humbly with God.