BLESSED TO BE A BLESSING
Can you believe that Thanksgiving is almost here? It seems a little strange this year, doesn’t it? Many of us are preparing for things to look different as we imagine celebrating Thanksgiving in the midst of this moment. We may not be able to have the same large family gatherings, or get to visit loved ones in other states. We might have to start some new traditions.
But one thing won’t change this year... We still have a lot to be thankful for. Even in this time of pandemic I am aware of the many blessings I have: a warm house to live in, food on the table, and a loving family, just to name a few. What are you thankful for? As Christians we believe that everything we have is a gift from God, and Thanksgiving is a time when we give thanks to God for all the blessings of this world. We also remember that God has “blessed us to be a blessing” to others, and we have opportunities every day to share our time, talents, and even money to care for those around us, just as God cares for us.
Along with it being Thanksgiving this month, we all know winter is already starting, and it is going to be a hard winter ahead. But as tough, Midwestern Lutherans, we know how to handle tough winters. We also know that when life is at its most difficult, we as the church have an opportunity to be at our best. That’s why this year, Vinje’s stewardship team is inviting everyone from Vinje to be a blessing to others and to “Be a Good Neighbor.”
If you haven't already, you should be receiving a letter and a pledge card in the mail, encouraging you to commit not only financially to Vinje's ministry this next year, but also to give of your time and talents out in the world as we love all those around us. Maybe your pledge will be to help an elderly neighbor shovel their driveway. Maybe your pledge will be to write encouraging notes to friends, or to call other Vinje members who need someone to talk to. Whatever you decide, just imagine as we share in this commitment together, how all these actions can add up to do so much good in the world.
We encourage you to send back your pledge card by Sunday, November 22, (or you could also complete the form on our website by that date). That way we can make plans for this next year and we can hear what good work we will be doing together for each other and all our neighbors this year.
Among all the things I’m thankful for this year, know that one of the blessings at the top of my list is you!. Thank you for the ways you share God’s love with me and many others. Thank you for the blessing you are as you join God’s work in the world. Thank you as well, as we join together to share God’s love with others by being good neighbors to one another.