I give thanks to God

I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus.  1 Corinthians 1:4

Each day I am thankful for the opportunities of day, for the stories of the past that have shaped me and for the promise of new challenges and adventures.  I am thankful for many things, more than can be listed in one blog.

One thing I am thankful for happened at the last presbytery meeting. During the PCT report about the budget several members of the presbytery shared their stories about Per Capita.

Okay, yes that appears to be an odd thing for the gratitude list. It wasn’t necessarily the topic of Per Capita that I am grateful. As a community we were able to share stories about money, our struggles as congregations and concerns about the future in a safe space.  People appreciated the energy generated and the stories that were accepted and held carefully.

I give thanks that we are moving into a significant transition with the practices/habits of listening, of being a welcoming community and providing hospitality to stories that may differ from our own.  God grace abounds. Thanks be to God.