Good News: A Weekly Update from St Thomas Church—August 31, 2014
Last week I was challenged to "Five Days of Thankfulness" by a colleague: Every day for five days I was to post on Facebook three things for which I was thankful. I was also to pass the challenge along to two friends. On days one and two I posted my lists early. I forgot to post on day three, so posted double on day four. It is now noon on day five, and I have yet to post my list. It is not that I am not thankful; on the contrary, I am very thankful for all the people, experiences and things in my life. It’s just that sometimes I forget to note them, or write them down. It has been a good discipline for me to do so, and it is one I plan to continue. There have been a lot of challenges going around lately. I have two sets of friends who will be walking in the Susan G Komen 3-day event September: three days, twenty miles a day, 60 miles of walking all together. I have accepted the invitation to support them in this effort. Perhaps the most famous has been the ALS Icebucket Challenge, where people are challenged to dump a bucket of ice water on their head, either in lieu of or in addition to a donation to the ALS Association. They are to video their acceptance, and then challenge someone else. I have been very grateful that no one has challenged me to do this, since I don’t relish being drenched in icewater, even by my own hand. This morning I came across the perfect solution, should someone challenge me. Instead of wasting water and ice on my head, I would make a donation to ALS, and make an additional donation to Episcopal Relief and Development to be used to help provide safe drinking water for people elsewhere in the world who desperately need our help. No, I did not originate this idea, but it seems to me a good stewardship model. Feel free to take it on yourself. Be thankful for what you have; pray for those in need; be generous as you are able; and rejoice in the bounty and love of God.
Peace and blessing,
The Rev Canon Carol Horton
Rector, St Thomas Episcopal Church
Pittstown NJ 08867
"For the love of God is broader than the measure of the mind..."
Frederick William Faber