Grat ti tude

November 2, 2021
Good afternoon.

I begin November with Bruck Cockburn’s Christmas album. Yesterday it began at around 8:00 am. His album, for me, never gets old. Through December I might play it between 15 to 20 times. I have three copies of it, bought at thrift stores, so it can never wear out. It is mostly traditional tunes. It reminds me of the goodness of God, and the event when God became human. Bruce has been playing music for over 50 years, and so I connect Christmas with his journey with God and me, and music. He now lives in California, and plays in a worship band in a very small church. They did not know who he was when he showed up one Sunday morning. I thank God for Bruce.

I am trying to be more intentional about gratitude. As you know, I walk almost every morning, almost. For 18 months now. It was painful and hard, but  I had to do it for my blood sugar levels. That has worked. But, I never enjoyed it. I guess it was fine to be dedicated to something, and carry it out.

But my daughter inspired me to be more grateful, about everything. Walking everyday would be a great start. So, now I am enjoying walking, seeing different things and hearing new sounds, and singing , ” Ubi Caritas “. I should continue to see it as a gift and not a chore.

Paul, the early church leader, was into gratitude. In almost every letter he wrote to specific churches he thanked God for them. In Colossians 1, he writes, ” “We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, because we have heard of your faith in Christ.”

Shalom and strength for our journey of faith and life,

Soaring like Vultures
lifted up by unseen Hands
Trust, silent enters my fears     Monica Pieper Landoni 2021