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This Thanksgiving Day...

Thanksgiving Day is a favorite holiday for many people. I suspect a big reason is the simplicity of Thanksgiving. Yes, the consumer orgy called "Black Friday" is spreading into Tuesday and Wednesday of Thanksgiving week, and even into Thanksgiving Day itself. (Which really is obscene, if you think about it for a minute: the one day set aside to give thanks for what we already have, we go out and buy more of what we don't have?! Ugh.) But for most of us, Thanksgiving Day remains, for the most part, a day for the simple joy of getting together with family or friends for a meal. Even if your way of observing the day involves stress - travel, complicated recipes, or customs you've added or inherited - chances are the day itself is one of simple pleasures: cooking, eating, relaxing, watching the Thanksgiving Day parade and/or football, catching up. This Thanksgiving Day, I hope you'll stop at some point and do what the day calls us to do: give thanks. (It mig

"Your talent is God's gift to you; what you do with that talent is your gift to God."

A poster prominently displayed in a Sunday School classroom said, "Your talent is God's gift to you; what you do with that talent is your gift to God." In the Gospel we'll hear on Sunday, Jesus tells the story of a man who, before going on a journey, summons three servants and entrusts them with different amounts of money, measured in "talents" (from which we get our modern day word and understanding of talent). They're not given the same number of talents: God gives each of us different gifts. We are always so tempted to compare ourselves with other people: who's got what, who's better at this and who's better at that. But we are only asked to make full use of what we have been given. We all have talents. Some people are very gifted at music; others at sports; some have a very high IQ, others are good listeners. But there is no one, absolutely no one, who can say they have been gifted with nothing. The question is n

"Give me Gratitude or Give me Debt"

Each week, I usually share, with my congregation and on this blog, some of my own thoughts. This week, I'm doing something different, which is sharing a link to one of the most humorous, thought-provoking, and -- I think -- important blog essays I have read.  It's the season of pledge campaigns and giving...thanks-giving. I can't think of a better way to say what needs to be said. So do yourself a favor and read that blog post.  And enjoy wearing your new "perspecticles" !