Posé: A pause or rest stop along the Voyageurs' portage trail. Usually about ½ mile apart. We invite you to take a pause in your day to reflect, ponder, and pray with us.  


"Let every detail in your lives-words, actions, whatever-be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way." - Colossians 3:17 (The Message)


Ahhhhh, Fall, my most favorite of all the seasons. The cooler temps, combined with the warmth of the sun.  Picking pumpkins at my parent's farm.  The beauty of the leaves turning.  Walks in the woods filling my nostrils with comforting earthy scents.  Wearing sweaters with sandals or mukluks depending on the day. And if you're in any doubt of the seasons changing, a trip down the aisle of the grocery store where you'll see pumpkin flavored everything solidifies all that is good about this time of year.

Another sign of the Fall season as we approach Thanksgiving is hearing the question "What are you thankful for?"  We've probably all made a list like that at some point.  My list is filled with names of family, friends, communities that I am a part of, belly laughs, the beauty of the landscape surrounding me, health, a roof over my head, food on the table, chocolate, etc., etc.  And caffeine in the form of Dr. Pepper.  Totally thankful for that one on long days. 

Recently I was challenged to ponder a follow-up question to my thankfulness list:  "How do I show that I am thankful?"  This question slowed me down a minute and got me thinking. How do I live out a life of gratitude towards all of God's creation - to the people that I encounter day-to-day or to the world around me?  How does God desire my actions, words, and thoughts to be a reflection of my thankfulness for different people and things in my life? Seems like a good challenge to live out during this thankfulness-focused season (and it doesn't have to stop there!)

Here is a blessing to take with you: Remember that you are God's love loose in the world!

Deb Westerberg

VLM Alumni '97-'99