Reading: 2 Chronicles 29: 31
Reflection: November is a month when our focus turns to being thankful. We even have a day set aside in our national calendar to offer thanks for all that we have, and all that has been given to us by God.
As I was reflecting on this season, I thought back to my days at Lewistown Middle School. We held a dance one year, with the proceeds going to a charity. Honestly, I cannot remember what we gave to but the thing that stands out in my mind is that we called the dance the “Thanks for Giving” Dance. I remember doing announcements at the school, telling my fellow students to come out and support our efforts so we could raise funds for the important cause. And, I remember doing announcements after the fact, thanking them for giving to this important venture.
This month, many of our Sunday lectionary scripture readings have dealt with giving and using what God has given us. Giving of yourself is also important. I think it’s great that we have this month where people are focused on thankfulness. But, I would hope that we continue to focus on being thankful every day of the year. Each night, we ask our daughter what she is most thankful for that day. Her answer is usually the same. She sounds off a litany of people she is thankful for and usually is also thankful for pigs, her favorite animal. Asking her that question reminds me that I, too, should be thankful each day. Hopefully you, too, can show gratitude each day to God and those who give of themselves to enrich your life. --Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
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