We do this around our Thanksgiving tables, wherever they may be. In one ritual or another, we look at those around the table and all that is on the table. We pause, and we give God thanks for everything there that is good and right and worth remembering. It pushes a reset button in us as we reenter our daily life, enter a new year and start again. This year more than many has made this "taking stock" extra important.
We begin a new year this Sunday - a new Christian year - with the first Sunday of Advent. Throughout this one month season, I will be emphasizing healing and hope for the same reasons we took stock around our Thanksgiving tables: we need a reset in our lives before we enter the new calendar year. A reset is exactly what God sent Jesus to do in us - all of us - so that we can start again.
Come as you are, and invite another tired journeyer to come with you; it's been a long road. Together this Sunday we will again be around the table, looking at all those around the table and all that is on the table. We will pause, and we will give God thanks for everything there that is good and right and worth remembering; and then we will start again. Thanks be to God.
O come, O come Emmanuel,