view of Southern Utah from the top of the Rocky Mountains…. beautiful and will inspire gratitude for creation
This morning our preacher party wakes up in the land of gratitude. All of the readings from the Revised Common Lectionary point toward the idea of gratitude.
In Jeremiah we hear a call for the people, although in exile, to wait and not become discouraged, not lose heart. Jeremiah proclaims the people are live into life as it is, not as they would like it. Appreciate what is. Find grace in the moment. Love the enemy. And, pray!
Are you thinking about preaching from Jeremiah? And are you considering one of the above themes, or something else?
Paul’s first letter to Timothy says that sometimes our suffering is a consequence of our actions. Regardless the cause, we can find within our suffering moments of insight, grace. Again, pointing us to consider gratitude.
Perhaps First Timothy is calling to you. Maybe you feel a pull to talk about suffering, faith, and gratitude?
In Luke Jesus tells a parable of the lepers. The healing of the Samaritan (leper) is more than a curing of an illness, it is a redirection of the Samaritan’s faith and life. Gratitude and faith go hand in hand. Practicing faith is an act of gratitude. Gratitude is faith in action.
I think I am going to preach from the Gospel of Luke, on the idea of gratitude.
Welcome to the Preacher Party a day in which we are all grateful for this group of colleagues and friends. Pull up a chair, grab a mug, I have plenty of coffee and tea. I also have some delicious homemade low sugar, whole wheat and oat apricot bars. Or if lunch is what you desire I have some fabulous homemade fried rice (brown rice, tons of veggies…)
Regardless, the party is on, and we are here to help one another through this day.