All Saints Messenger - November 23, 2017

posted Dec 7, 2017, 10:26 AM by Church Secretary
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Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,

Today is Thanksgiving Day, a day of Turkey, family & friends, football and ... oh, right giving thanks for all the blessings we have: family, friends, food, shelter, security, A Loving God and a crucified Lord! So much to be thankful for.

As we gather this day with those we love and maybe those whom we don't know enough to love as family we remember to love them because they are a part of God's family. We can find this love in surprising places, by surprising people, in surprising ways.

Today's Forward Day by Day illustrates this, "We were sleeping on benches in a French train station. Our train didn't leave for another four hours, so I was guarding our backpacks while my companions dozed.

A man wearing shabby, ill-fitting clothes sat by me. Weeks of grime discolored his coat, and his hands were visibly dirty. As he approached, a smell reminiscent of a dumpster preceded him. Being a young and inexperienced traveler, my alert rose to bright red alarm.

We sat in silence for a while, exchanging enough words to discover that we shared no common language. After what seemed like hours, my seatmate reached into his coat pocket and drew out a small, oily bag. He gently held out the bag to me. I nodded my thanks, took one of the three dates, and ate it. He sat a while longer and left.

That night, I shared a bench with a rich man, not because of the little money in his pocket but because of the grace that lived in his heart. Generous people always have enough to share with others, not because of how much they have, but because of how much they are willing to give."

May it be so for all of us! Happy Thanksgiving!

See ya Sunday!

Fr. Gary+