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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.

-Julian Simon

Thankfulness At Year’s End

By Dr. Virgil Fry, Director of Lifeline Chaplaincy

Lord God,

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.


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