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Pastor's Page May 2021

GRATEFULLY RECEIVING

Diana Butler Bass in her book Grateful: The Transformative Power of Giving Thanks quotes the Lutheran pastor and martyr Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

“In normal life one is not at all aware that we always receive infinitely more than we give, and that gratitude is what enriches life. One easily overestimates the importance of one’s own acts and deeds, compared with what we become only though other people.”

Of course, expressing gratitude is not limited to a month of the year, but May cer- tainly highlights reasons for us to reflect on what we receive. Mother’s Day, Pentecost, Memorial Day and “April showers bring May flowers” all remind us how dependent we are on others – and nature.

Whether we pull the weeds or not the flowers and trees will bloom anyway – thank goodness. We give thanks for mothers – for parents – for those who raised us (perhaps grandparents or another significant adult). We give thanks for those who have served our country and millions who gave the full price of their lives. We give thanks to our gracious God who provides the breath of the Holy Spirit and an eternal home.

Writer Bass observes: “gratitude is an emotion, a complex set of feelings involving appreciation, humility, wonder, and interdependence. Gratitude is, however, more than just an emotion.... Gratitude involves not only what we feel, but also what we do.... Like love, gratitude multiplies through giving and receiving.”

“Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.” – A.A. Milne

“Thank you is the best prayer that anyone can say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, understanding.” – Alice Walker

“Grace and gratitude belong together like heaven and earth. Grace evokes gratitude like the voice an echo. Gratitude follows grace like thunder light- ning.” – Karl Barth.

Let us be grateful for our community. We are blessed by council leaders, musicians, teachers, maintenance work- ers, technology people, committee members, community servers, offering givers, prayers, ... and you.

Blessings Always,

Pastor Wayne




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