As posted by yours truly at RevGalBlogPals:
beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just,
whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if
there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise,
think about these things. (Philippians 4:8, NRSV)
it’s nearly Thanksgiving in the U.S. and it’s the time of year when we
are pressed to name things for which we are thankful. I want to offer a
twist on the usual lists and use Paul’s letter to the church at
Philippi as a model. Name five things that are true, honorable, just,
pure, pleasing, commendable, excellent or worthy of praise. These could
be people, organizations, acts, ideas, works of art, pieces of
music–whatever comes to mind for you.
1. Well, Molly is my number one. She is about the friendliest, most non-discriminating creature I have ever met. She has taught me a lot about following Paul’s instructions. As she nears the age of 6, I am grateful for every day she has spent with us and hope for many more to come, even though I know the average lifespan of a Bernese Mountain Dog is relatively short. (We love Sam, too, but I must admit he is a more cautious observer of life.)
2. Sitting around the dining room table with the whole family is about the most pleasing thing I can think of right this minute, as I anticipate next week. We will have our family Thanksgiving on Wednesday night (and it may be meatloaf or lasagna rather than turkey) since the kids will be with their dad the next day. It will be the first time since late August that all five of us will have been at home together, and I can’t wait!
3. Leftover Thanksgiving turkey in a sandwich, with a glass of milk. Delicious! (Maybe I do need to cook a turkey.)
4. The feeling of getting to the top of the mountain last Friday and knowing that next time it will be easier.
5. The kind hearts of the people at Main Street Church who make it possible for me to help some of those in need in the community. Yesterday included a lot of tough calls, tough to make and tough to hear. We can’t help with everything, and we’re discerning how best to use the available resources. I’m grateful for just, honorable and true people who do not simply look the other way.