Jim and I just sat down and read the contents of our gratitude jar to each other.
Each January we begin to fill a large glass jar with random notes, and add more throughout the year, as we think of things we are grateful for. Then, at the beginning of the New Year, we read each other the notes that have accumulated.
We are flooded anew with gratitude as we remember some of the moments that have touched our hearts. Here are just a few things we found in the jar:
Gratitude for firefighters and first responders
Gratitude for kale, orach, mint and dill from the garden
Gratitude for the 1825 day of our honeymoon!
Gratitude for Georgia’s sweet giggle when I strike the singing bowl to call us to worship
Gratitude that my brother’s resort at Sheridan Lake didn’t burn down
Gratitude for a musical Christmas service with the Black & Bluez Band and thirty people in attendance
Gratitude for the kindness of neighbours during post-surgery healing
You get the picture. I highly recommend the practice.
I am grateful too for Sicamous United Church – a little church with a big heart and a great Thrift Shop. We have some important dates coming up soon. On Sunday February 11th we have our Annual congregational Meeting – this is the time to review our past year, approve our budget for the coming year, and share ideas for ministry together. Please plan to attend and, if you can, bring some light lunch snacks to share.
Wed. Feb 14th is Ash Wednesday, (as well as St.Valentine’s Day). There will be a brief worship service at 12:00 noon in the sanctuary.
Sunday, Feb. 18th is the first Sunday in Lent. Last year we invited the neighbours to join us for a potluck and pancake lunch. I think it went every well. Shall we try it again? I’m hoping to hear an definite YES!
I will be taking two weeks for study leave, after Feb. 18th – I will be working on my book and studying my new grandchild – due on Feb 16th in Guelph, Ontario 🙂
Meanwhile – we worship every Sunday at 10:00 AM. The question for this Sunday – “Can anything good come from Nazareth?” “Come and see”