- By: Pastor Betsy Dart
A delightful story about five-year-old Derek tells how he was having trouble learning to live with his two-year-old sister. She seemed to help herself to his toys and other belongings and it bothered him terribly. One day, when both had been given a new box of crayons, he was over-heard to say to his baby sister, "Now this is your new box of crayons and this is my new box of crayons. I won't play with yours and you must not ever play with mine. That's what we call sharing."
How easy it is to close in around our own possessions and our own time and our own energy all the while expecting that others will do the same. I have mine and you have yours and every-body has some so we call it sharing. This month of November, there are so many opportunities to break out of these boundaries and genuinely celebrate our life in Christ and share the joy with others.
On All Saints' Day, which we celebrate in worship on November 3, we remember the lives of those who have died and are now in heaven with Jesus. Call up a neighbor who knows the pain of losing a loved one and invite them to church with you. Share the hope of Jesus’ promise, "I am the resurrection and the life."
On November 10, when the women of the church will lead worship for the annual Thanksgiving Service, see the myriad ways our people are sharing Christ's love through quilts, health kits, and offerings of hope. Later that day, come to the community center for the Empty Bowl meal as we raise funds for the local food shelf. Share from your bounty and enjoy a bowl of soup—you even get to take home the bowl! November 10 is also Veteran’s Day and we will be sharing our thanks for those who stand in harm's way to protect our free-dom and fight against injustice and acts of terror. Share the gratitude of Christ who says, "Whatsoever you do to the least of my children, you do it also to me."
On November 17, worship at 9 a.m. will ring out with the music duo of Steve Arnold and Walter Bradley. Their foot-tapping music will enliven the soul so that God's love spills out of the heart to friends and neighbors. Be sure to stay afterward for the fellowship hour, when Walter Bradley will be on hand to share how we can multiply our gifts for the legacy of the future. Share the anticipation of the Lord who says, "Behold, I put before you an open door."
On November 24, in the after-noon at 4 p.m. we will host the annual Thanksgiving Ecumenical Service at Greenfield followed by pie!. With our special national day of Thanksgiving on Thursday, you can gather with family at home but share the gratitude to God in worship with your ecumenical friends on Sunday afternoon. Invite the whole community. Share the joy proclaiming, "Enter His gates with thanksgiving and bless God's holy name."
Find ways throughout this month to genuinely share God's love with others. The good news of Jesus Christ and his amazing grace fill you with hope and gratitude and anticipation and joy.