On Facebook this week, I noticed that many of my friends began posting words of Thanksgiving. At first, I thought it was so nice of people to post comments about their wonderful parents or spouse. When one of my Facebook friends posted thanks to God for her incredible husband, she received comments filled with congratulations and happy anniversaries. She graciously thanked her friends and shared that it was not her anniversary. Instead, she had chosen to post a daily word of Thanksgiving as we approach the holiday set aside for giving thanks for the bounty God has placed in our lives.
What a wonderful movement - a month of thanksgivings instead of just a Thanksgiving Day.
I have so much to be thankful for that it will take not a day or a month, but perhaps a lifetime to acknowledge all the blessings God has placed in my life.
My newest blessing is the privilege to serve as your bishop. As I travel to each of our districts for a time of conversation, I walk away each time feeling abundantly blessed. The energy you share is contagious. Your love for the United Methodist Church and hope for its future is worth telling the world about. I am doing exactly that this week as I gather with bishops from around the world at the Council of Bishops meeting in St. Simeon's Island, Georgia.
As we move through the month, I will share my blessings with you along the way. I challenge you as you pray each day for one minute at 1 p.m. that you might add a prayer of Thanksgiving for the blessings in your life.