In Thanksgiving

25 Nov

Dear Ones,

I give thanks for good health… this past week has been rough for the Maltbie family… we were all sick in turn… finally feeling better on Thursday morning, Thanksgiving Day. I hope this day finds you and yours well also.

Yesterday, with my in-laws, I watched a bit of a television special on Norman Rockwell… they spoke about a painting of his called “Freedom from Want”. It is a simple painting of a family sitting around a Thanksgiving dinner table, with members of Rockwell’s family painted into the scene. I was especially moved by the title: “Freedom from Want”, a reminder that the most important things in life are our loving relationships. There is almost nothing better than breaking bread with family and friends, and this season my family and I give thanks for our new friends and parish family–those of you with whom we have broken bread at our Wednesday dinners, special events, Sundays after church, and in your homes and ours.

The holiday season can be difficult for many who have lost loved ones, and for those who find themselves alone. Pray for those are alone… that they might feel the loving presence of God, their comfort and companion.

“Be joyful always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thesalonians 5:16-18)

Many Blessings to you all,
Colin+

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