Tis’ the season for thanks-giving and gratitude! It is a long and heartfelt tradition in this part of the world. The earliest settlers of Canada made sure to give thanks for all they received from their new land. In 1578, Martin Frobisher, searching for a northwest passage to the East, held a formal ceremony, in what is now called Newfoundland, to give thanks for surviving the long journey. This was our first Canadian Thanksgiving.
We have had several weeks of very nice, warm weather so we could best enjoy the lovely fall colours. On a recent walk along Meech Lake with a friend, all my senses were triggered – the rustle of the leaves and sass of chipmunks, the smells and colours of autumn, on a lovely, balmy fall day. I will hold that picture in my mind during all the dreary wet and cold times that I know are coming.
The Thanksgiving Sunday service was full of beauty, song and thanksgiving. Dave and Elaine Armstrong again beautifully decorated the Chancel. Three musicians joined with the choir and congregation to give the music a bit of substance and strong beat. We dedicated the lovely pale orange Chancel paraments, choir collars and a scenic wall hanging, all designed by Diana Baird, and sewn by her and a few helpers, for the new Creation time in our church year. And, after service, the Worship Committee members served miniature Thanksgiving cupcakes at coffee hour. It was a day for gratitude to be sure.
On Sunday, Matt challenged us to think of all our blessings – to think specifically about those things for which we feel gratitude. My list includes my family, my church and my beautiful country. I challenge myself every day at bedtime to think of 10 specific things for which I am thankful. Consider this a way to fall to sleep – with a smile!
May the joy of changing seasons and counting your blessings, brighten the coming days. I wish you health and contentment.