Giving our Thanks, and helping the 'least' among us.
By: Susan Naslund
Have you ever noticed that when there is a big rain storm in Southern California, we San Diegans often say something like, "At least it wasn't Hurricane Sandy." We usually think of this kind of observation as finding the silver lining in a dark cloud, or the words of a "glass half full" kind of person. It is a way of counting our blessings.
While it is good to be thankful that things are not worse, it may be time to look at our words a little more closely. Each time we say, "At least . . ." let us remember there are indeed people who have less than us -- people who are actually living in the worst case scenarios that we dread. Most of us can look on the bright side of any situation, but others have reached that dire point where there is no hope left. Perhaps, these are the "least," the last, and the lonely for whom Jesus has asked us to provide care.
On Wednesday, November 22nd at 7:00 p.m. we will have another chance to count our blessings and give thanks to God when we gather with our brothers and sisters from all of the churches in our East County Mission Area for a Thanksgiving Eve worship service. It will be a time when we can lift our hearts and voices together to thank God for all that has been given to us. Most will come to reflect on God's grace in our lives. Some will come looking for hope and healing. An offering will be taken for a cause supported by all six churches through which the “least” in our midst will benefit.
If we find that we are able to imagine how things could be worse in our lives, then we should be mindful that there are people who cannot imagine how to make their lives better. It is the poor and oppressed we should remember when we consider our own good fortune this Thanksgiving. It is one thing to call them to mind in prayer; a greater thing to sacrificially share our resources to help them. I hope to see you at Foothills on Wednesday evening. Happy Thanksgiving!