“And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is indeed at work in you who believe.” 1 Thessalonians 2:13
The other day after learning everything my mother-in-law does for “fall cleaning,” I decided that I should attempt that long-overdue process (really, EVERY fall?) in my own house. The place I truly needed to start was the famous “storeroom” that everyone has. There were several boxes over in a corner that I hadn’t looked at since I moved – did I honestly need them if I couldn’t even remember what was in them? Why can’t I just pick them up and donate everything without opening them? Well, guess what? I can’t. I know what you’re thinking and you’re right – I spent the next few hours going through them.
These boxes were probably the last ones packed – 30+ years of accumulated detritus that distinguish each family member – several rocks from a small child’s rock collecting phase, some Matchbox cars undoubtedly hidden after being stepped on in bare feet, a small tool kit for “inside jobs”, an old watch that had never worked, one Barbie shoe, some age-yellowed doilies, two self-help books with uncracked spines (?), an old address book,etc. It was a nostalgic day spent thinking of family and friends and the connections we make.
It seems as we enter the season of Thanksgiving the connections we make with our spiritual life appear to be stronger and more visible. In our community of believers we are asked by God, often through the Apostle Paul, to connect to others, to the Word, and thereby to God Himself. It seems the more meaningful connections we make with our family, our friends, our community, and even our country at large are central to our spiritual life. We are better able to respond to others with understanding and empathy. We are connected to each other through each other, to the Word, and therefore the Spirit by actively trying to follow in Christ’s footsteps.
As we sit at our Thanksgiving table we are reminded of God’s promise to us – we are “Blessed to be a blessing”. We are so very grateful for the connections we make and the blessings we receive. Thank you, dear and gracious Lord.
Written by Mary Wobig
This month’s devotion was written by Mary Wobig, a member of Sheridan’s Women’s Ministry Team. Mary Wobig has belonged to Sheridan Lutheran Church since she graduated from college. She has been a member of the Women’s Ministry Team almost since its inception. Mary is a mother of two and grandmother of three. She is happily retired and enjoys lunch with friends, good coffee, and a good book.