The Christmas season and sales have started. Commericals are advertising Black Friday and Black Saturday sales. This is all too soon. I caught myself singing and humming Christmas carols along with music as I was shopping. Before we prepare for Advent there is a season of thanksgiving that we pause for each year that comes prior to Advent. Remember Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving is a time to pause and give thanks for all the blessings in your life.
Women of the ELCA has a tradition of giving Thankofferings. This is significant to many Lutheran women and it has been passed down to generations. Thankofferings show gratitude for God’s blessings and give us an important and tangible way to express that gratitude. It is a tradition grounded in our celebration of community, of meeting together to joyfully give thanks for what God has given us. You can learn more about Thankofferings too.
I am thankful for Women of the ELCA and how our participants encourage and support each other to act boldly through programming, resources, grants and scholarships.
What are you giving thanks for this year? Have you had a Thankoffering service this year?
Eva James Yeo is director for membership.
Photo by StarMama. Used with permission.