November is one of my favorite times of the year. We have left behind our warmer temps and longer days for a brisk, fall wind with changing leaves. The colors and combinations absolutely amaze me. (If you keep up with me, you will find that what ever season it is, that is my favorite time of the year!)
The church year is no exception. The first Sunday in November is All Saints Day. Every year, we sing “For All the Saints” in remembrance of those souls who once lived amongst us. We honor their lives and support those who have lost their loved ones. Each time I play this hymn at a funeral and each year we sing this during the All Saints Sunday service, it reminds me how important we are to each other and how closely knit we are to each other as family and friends.
Of course, there is another holiday around the corner: Thanksgiving. The first hymn that comes to mind is “We Gather Together.” We gather with our families and invite friends who have become part of the family for lively discussions, playing games, and eating your favorite dessert. However, the Global Pandemic has other plans. Our usual gatherings may be smaller. Our games may be through Zoom. Our entire Thanksgiving may be different, and I am right there with you bemoaning the fact that this virus has disrupted our lives for 10 months and will continue to do so for the unforeseeable future. I have taken my generous gifts for granted. I thought they would be there for all-time.
This year, when you gather, remember to ask the Lord’s blessing for your family and for those who are struggling everyday the moment they wake up to the time they fall asleep. We are so fortunate. I am thankful for my family and friends.
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Becky Jones-Worship and Music Coordinator