November 18, 2018

Reading Hebrews 10: 11-14, 15-18; Mark 13: 1-8 (NRSV)

Happy Thanksgiving Sunday!

What are you most thankful for?

I thank God for shelter today, knowing that buildings can be destroyed tomorrow. Jesus says great buildings can tumble in an instant; we hear of entire towns being flattened by wildfire.

I thank God for security today, knowing that jobs and safety can be threatened tomorrow. Jesus says that wars, famine, earthquake, and conflict will occur. We hear of thousands fleeing from violence and imminent harm daily. Economic status is fragile.

But today, after a night spent pondering past mistakes instead of sleeping, I most thank God for forgiveness.

After reading today’s scripture, I am picturing my repetitive thoughts and lost sleep like the ancient priests sacrificing daily at the altar: no matter how many times I review the past, I never get to go back and redo the moment.

Thank God for forgiveness! Jesus and the Holy Spirit remind us that God will remember our sins no more.

Without that burden of guilt, perhaps we can go forth today with new energy. We can work to ensure that more people have shelter, safety, and economic security tomorrow.

Let us pray. Reconciling God, thank you for forgiving us for our mistakes. Thank you for Jesus and the example he showed. Help us to forgive others as we have been forgiven. May we all let go of past mistakes and live in service to each other both today and tomorrow. Amen.

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