Happy Thanksgiving to you! We pray that your day of thanks, no matter how unusual, quiet, or complicated, will be a gift of encouragement to your heart.
To offer thanks is to tend to the sacred. To offer thanks is to invite the work of God’s wholeness into the sacred spaces of our minds, our bodies, and our homes.
Paul’s letter to the Philippians reminds us how to participate in this settling, shaping, spacious invitation. The Message translation puts it this way:
Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.
Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies. (Philippians 4:6-8)
Today, we pray that God, who is doing a work of wholeness and harmony in the world, will ground the tangible and intangible parts of you as you pause and give thanks.
The Kaleid Team
P.S. Sign up today! We hope you’ll join us for our five week Advent Contemplative Series, beginning on December 2. We will travel together through Advent themes of hope, peace, joy, love, and light as we practice grounding ourselves in the life of God during this season of anticipation. You can participate from 6:30 - 7:15 am or from 8:30 - 9:15 pm on Wednesdays. The cost is $29. Learn more and register here.