I thank God for all of the blessings of this life, and I ask God to keep me mindful of the needs of others. How can our congregations and communities make sure all people have enough?
Recently, a man who I perceived as homeless helped me carry my very heavy backpack down three flights of stairs at the train station. He saw me struggling and jumped in to assist. At first, I was afraid of him. At the bottom of the steps, I offered to give him a little cash to thank him, and he refused it. “I didn’t do it for money,” he said. “I did it because it was the decent thing to do.”
I was so grateful, I nearly cried. Let’s live thanksgiving all year.
This excerpt is from “Are you Living a ‘Decent’ Thanksgiving this Year?” by Kate Elliot from the November 27, 2014, blog of the Women of the ELCA. Today is Thanksgiving Day in the United States. Today we commemorate Isaac Watts, hymnwriter, 1748.
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