One of my favorite memories of Thanksgiving is when I was in church choir as a little boy. I remember one cold evening we sang a song that was new to me, and it is one that I have always loved since. Not only does it remind me of Thanksgiving, but it always reminds me fondly of that night we learned it. I remember our choir director, a young woman, Evangeline Everett, isn’t that a great name? I will never forget her, as she taught us this song:
We gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing;
He chastens and hastens His will to make known;
The wicked oppressing now cease from distressing;
Sing praises to His Name; He forgets not His own.
Beside us to guide us, our God with us joining,
Ordaining, maintaining His kingdom divine;
So from the beginning the fight we were winning;
Thou, Lord, were at our side, all glory be Thine!
We all do extol Thee, Thou Leader triumphant,
And pray that Thou still our Defender will be;
Let Thy congregation escape tribulation;
Thy Name be ever praised! O Lord, make us free!
These lyrics can touch us so deeply as we meditate upon them.
We do gather together. We do this in community, the community of the Christ and we are stronger for our union with one another. All God’s children. We hasten and chasen for there is no time to waste.
We proclaim for God/Spirit to be made known through our understanding of God moving in our lives, always available and always right where we need Spirit to be. The wicked oppressing – that is our doubts and our fears, our worries and our times when we feel alone in the world. It is also our hesitation in experiencing fully God’s power and presence and it is our failure to believe we are loved by God unconditionally. And yes, we do praise God’s name from on high as we count the many ways we are grateful.
We gather together as we hold one another in prayerful affirmation of God’s truth. Our prayers, as well as our trust in God, bind with the prayers and trust of others to form a mighty vibration of love and peace that draws positive Spiritual energy and hope to us all.
There is a perfect rhythm of life. The sunset, the sunrise, the tides. The growing of things before the harvest has a certain rhythm of life. First the seed, then the full plant reaching for the sky, followed by the harvest. The spirit of God has a rhythm and we are a part of that perfect rhythm. That rhythm is harmony and peace and it is unconditional love. We are part of that rhythm through our breathing in and our breathing out and we are part of that rhythm through the pulsing of our hearts. Perfect creation, beating in perfect time for the expression of God’s kingdom right here, right where we are at every moment.
Let us gather together in thanksgiving.
Affirmation: “Knowing I am a beautiful part of God’s rhythm of life, peace and harmony just naturally manifest wherever I look.”
Rev. Jefferson Beeker
We live our lives one thought at a time. Let each of those thoughts really count for something wonderful.
Be prepared to change your thinking and change your life.
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