I mentioned at last Sunday’s Adult Forum that thankfulness is at the core of Episcopalian spirituality and discipleship. We do not take Jesus’ teachings to heart out of fear of punishment or a desire to please an impossibly strict God, but because we recognize what God has already done for us. God’s actions are not a response to our good behavior, but because God loves us. In return, we try to live a life worthy of God’s attention and care, knowing that we will fall short, but trying nonetheless.
During the season of Thanksgiving we often talk about the reasons why we are thankful: health, family, employment, etc. Rarely do we give thanks for the chance to care for others, the time and energy to make our community a better place, the moment we can be God’s hands in the world. Having the chance, the space, the energy, and the motivation to be a disciple of Christ? That’s not a burden, or even an obligation, that’s something to be thankful for.
Yours in Christ,