Padre's Ponderings, November 19
"I've been thinking a lot about my grandfather lately - this was his favorite time of year. The harvest was in and the days were getting shorter; the old scuppernong grape arbor was bare and pecans were falling like rain from the trees scattered around his little house on my uncle's farm. It was too late for a window fan and too soon to set a fire . . . it was just perfect!"
So began my sermon, Excuses Abound, this past weekend; and as I said my prayers in the historic church early yesterday, I realized how much I share my grandfather's love for the late fall of the year. No doubt my feelings are rooted in part in the two decades Becky and I farmed her family's land . . . with the equipment parked under sheds and the cattle home from the hills, an easy sort of peace settled over our lives, a peace that called us deep within ourselves for a time of reflection in advance of the family's gathering to celebrate Thanksgiving.
Like those fall walks with my grandfather fifty years ago, the scents and sights of farm life are decades past; but the grateful feelings that accompanied the changing leaves and nip in the air remain to turn my thoughts again to Thanksgiving. Though the harvest takes a different form in the Lowcountry, our barns (yours and mine) are no less full and for the same reason . . . God has blessed us . . . again!
This coming weekend we'll be gathering as a parish family around our Father's Table to give thanks for His "peace that passes all understanding" and His loving provision, not just in the late fall but throughout the year. I invite you to join me, my brothers and sisters in Christ.
In His Power and for His Glory,
P.S. If you have been sensing that God might be nudging you to serve on the Vestry of The Church of the Cross and you are a Communicant in Good Standing and have completed the Connections Workshop and the Church Leadership Training Workshop, you are invited to continue your discernment process by completing the Vestry Questionnaire and A Statement of Faith and returning it to me digitally along with your picture by December 15, 2015. The self-nominations received will be prayerfully considered by the Vestry; those seconded will have their responses distributed to the entire congregation and their names will be offered for election to a three year term during the congregation's annual meeting on January 18, 2016. If I can be of help in your decision making, please contact me.