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.  

"I am grateful to Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because he judged me faithful and appointed me to his service, even though I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and a man of violence. But I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief, and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus". - 1Timothy 1:12-14

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  Are you ready for turkey, stuffing, football games and Macy's parade balloons?  I know I am.  TV commercials have been priming me for Thanksgiving since before Halloween with the showcase of pumpkin pies, Swanson's chicken broth and Black Friday shopping.  With all of that, it can be easy to forget what the day is really all about - giving thanks.  

While Thanksgiving isn't necessarily a religious holiday, it may be considered a spiritual one as we are encouraged to live in gratitude on Thanksgiving.  And gratitude is the granddaddy of spiritual practices. Paul writes to Timothy in the passage above naming how grateful he is for the "grace of our Lord".  Paul was a downright mean guy.  His changed life and faith in God is a testament of how God's grace and mercy overflowed for him.  Paul has been changed by Christ and lives each day in gratitude for all that God has done for him.  

What are you grateful for?  How will you live out that gratitude this holiday season?  

Faithful travels everyone,

Pastor Lisa

*Reprinted from Knapsack 11/22/11

Merciful God, we thank you for your abundant grace that you give to us out of your love.  Bless us with open eyes and warm hearts to live in gratitude for the many blessings around us.  Amen.