August 19, 2017

Thanksgiving Prayer 2016

A Prayer of Thanks Thank you, Lord, In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit… For life itself, the gift I take most for granted. For my baptism and introduction to the Gospel when, as an infant, all I could do was trust. For my family and my ancestors. For the blessing of […]

Ron Rolheiser on Gratitude

Gratitude the Basic Virtue (an excerpt) by Ron Rolheiser There’s a Jewish folk-tale which runs something like this: There once was a young man who aspired to great holiness. After some time at working to achieve it, he went to see his Rabbi. “Rabbi,” he announced, “I think I have achieved sanctity.” ”Why do you […]

A Thanksgiving Sonnet

A Thanksgiving Sonnet 2015 When in these dark’ning days the world goes bare And gray the sky above and brown beneath When I awake to frosty silver morns Break out my woolen coat and cross the heath All life seems to have fled and left behind A scene bereft of color’s warm embrace Through breath’s […]

Randy Thompson: Thanksgiving – You can’t sell gratitude

Note from CM: We’re thankful for our friend, Randy Thompson, who, along with his wife Jill has a wonderful ministry of hospitality and grace in the beautiful mountains and woods of New Hampshire called Forest Haven. Forest Haven is a Christian organization whose purpose is to provide a rural, quiet place of healing hospitality and spiritual […]

The two sides of wonder

Yesterday, we highlighted William P. Brown’s point that “the experience of wonder comes unbidden, as a disruption and, ultimately, as a gift.” But this must be balanced by what he goes on to say. For wonder is more than a gift to be received. When we meet it, wonder enlivens us, awakens us, inspires us, and […]

Let’s go marveling

You are the God who works wonders. • Psalm 77:14 • • • Let’s go marveling. “This felicitous phrase is taken from the great Methodist preacher Fred Craddock, who tells of the ancestral practice of taking walks every Sunday afternoon and finding things to marvel at and to share with others” (Wm. P. Brown). I’ve […]

Sundays with Michael Spencer: November 22, 2015

From Thanksgiving, 2006 Around hundreds of thousands of Thanksgiving dinner tables, millions of Americans will take a moment and share with one another what they are thankful for in the past year. Because Thanksgiving doesn’t require any particular confession of faith, it’s close to a universal experience for Americans, and one that most of us […]

“The overwhelming giftedness and goodness of life”

This is our hope: Words emerge from silence, the silence remains. • Wendell Berry • • • It doesn’t get any more basic than this. Here is foundational perspective for life, from a master wonderer and wordsmith. We wake up each morning to a world we did not make. How did it get here? How […]

Welcome to the World

We got one of these yesterday. We’re grandparents again. Welcome to the world, Amelia. Thanks be to the God of life.

Randy Thompson: Alone with Good Luck?

Alone with Good Luck? (A Thanksgiving Meditation) by Randy Thompson It’s a simple point, really, but one that needs to be made often, and that is, there’s a huge difference between giving thanks and having a good lucky feeling about life. Having a good lucky feeling about our achievements and about our possessions, which define […]