The Pond

Dear friends,
I’m writing the day before Thanksgiving words that you will read the day after Thanksgiving. There seem to be so many words in the air these days, flying around at a fast and furious pace. My own sense of gratitude has been bolstered by these two small collections of words that I share here with you:
The poet Mary Oliver, in her poem “The Ponds,” writes:
Still, what I want in my life
is to be willing
to be dazzled –
to cast aside the weight of facts
and maybe even
to float a little
above this difficult world.
And from Meister Eckhart:
“If the only prayer you say in your life is ‘thank you,’ that would be enough.” 

In this Thanksgiving week, I am grateful for YOU – for your willingness to engage in community and mission, and your faithfulness to love.  On Sunday we begin our Advent journey, the days of waiting and preparing for the birth of Jesus, and I look forward to sharing that with you.