Daily Readings/ Editorial
Scriptures to be read before the sermon on Sunday, November 19:
Monday: Job 1:1-5
Tuesday: Job 1:6-12
Wednesday: Job 1:13-22
Thursday: Job 2:1-6
Friday: Job 2:7-13
Saturday: Job 42:7-17
People call me an optimist, but I’m really just an appreciator.
Thankfulness At Year’s End
By Dr. Virgil Fry, Director of Lifeline Chaplaincy
The calendar’s pages keep turning.
Now the year’s allotted days are few.
And I find myself awed by the brevity of life,
Grateful for the sheer magnificence of living.
Difficulties, stress, and uncertainties abound … Yet, I am thankful.
Limitations and flaws flourish … Yet, I am thankful.
Schedules are rushed and chaotic … Yet, I am thankful.
For in all things, Lord, You quietly, with consistency,
Leave divine fingerprints of lovingkindness.
Fingerprints that whisper, “I was, I am, and I always will be.”
In my better moments, Lord, I truthfully am an appreciator.
One who knows, in soul-deep ways,
That spirit and body, the seen and unseen, are inexplicably interwoven
In glorious, celebratory ways.
For human connections both present and prior,
For daily sustenance – bread and water,
For generative illumination – through senses and feelings,
I am thankful.
May I learn again and again,
That simple gratitude is enough,
Is love at its unpretentious best.