This morning in getting ready for Church, I am sitting in my office thinking about what does it really take to get ready for Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving, in this denomination, is the very core of worship, referred to one place as the "all of worship." Why is that? I think the process is two fold – a first step – awareness of what we have – followed by a second step – awareness of what we have to give. That is something to come open to. What is that you have …. to give.
Because we all do, we all harbor this “thing” that was the point of God creating us. Often largely unknown, ignored, or unlived in this life it still stirs. When we take moments to worship in the spirit of thanks and gratitude for the blessing, we can feel its gentle presence. Why? As Emanuel Swedenborg phrased it, “Because the divine nature intimately affects everything with good and with blessedness.” (Heaven and Hell)
Last night I was able to witness one of those moments. I was privileged to preside at a 50th Wedding Anniversary/ Renewal of vows. To watch Mary Ellen and Paul socializing after the service, “working the crowd” with obvious joy and gratitude for the gold that was their life, was to watch a prayer of Thanksgiving literally unfold on a beautiful night at Pen Ryn. They are living in what they have and in what they have to give – to each other, to their family, to their community.
So getting ready this morning is about clarity – clarity about a very simple, very profound message. What we have is nice. What we have to give is the point.