Dear Hyde Park Family,
On Being Grateful for Everything
By Henri Nouwen
(from Bread for the Journey)
To be grateful for the good things that happen in our lives is easy,
But to be grateful for all of our lives—
the good as well as the bad,
the moments of joy as well as the moments of sorrow,
the successes as well as the failures,
the rewards as well as the rejections—
that requires hard spiritual work.
Still, we are only truly grateful people when we can say “thank you” to all that has brought us to the present moment.
As long as we keep dividing our lives between
events and people we would like to remember
and those we would rather forget,
we cannot claim the fullness of our beings as a gift of God to be grateful for.
Let’s not be afraid to look at everything that has brought us to where we are now and trust that we will soon see in it the guiding hand of a loving God.
On behalf of the staff and lay leadership of Hyde Park United Methodist, I wish you and yours a blessed time of remembrance and gratitude. Happy Thanksgiving!
Grace and Peace,
THIS SUNDAY: ADVENT BEGINS
Join us this Sunday as we once again begin our journey toward Christmas and welcome Jesus anew into our lives. Our series theme is “All the Good,” and focuses on practical ways to experience the hope, peace, joy, and love of Advent. For more information, visit our website.
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