Sunday, November 14, 2010

Giving Thanks and Thanksgiving

We were reminded today by Pastor Paul of the terrific selection of readings we have for the two weeks preceding Thanksgiving week, and Joanne Foster in the children's sermon mentioned several opportunities to give while thanking--like Operation Christmas Child (packing a shoe box), the Angel Tree project (gifts for children of prisoners), and packing a grocery sack or two to bring to church for the Lutheran Food Pantry.

The gospel for the 25th Sunday after Pentecost was John 6:22-35, where Jesus explains he is the Bread of Life. Paul noted that our food donations matter because it is hard to hear the gospel when one is hungry. It's also not unreasonable to think that it's difficult to impress on those who have everything--enough food, leisure activities and wonderful vacations, good health, lovely home, multiple automobiles, a safe and lucrative career--that they still need Jesus, the Bread of Life.