The final Sunday in the Christian year is a day to anticipate the Reign of Christ on earth. As the Sunday before the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States, the day also includes expressions of thanks to God for our blessings.
Readings for the day will be Psalm 46 and Colossians 1:11-20. The pastor’s Message of the Day is entitled, “Thanksgiving and Patience.” In the letter to the church at Colossae, we imagine Paul offering encouragements to a congregation in difficulty, perhaps even in distress. The letter may have been timed to send comfort after a devastating earthquake, as the community of Philemon and Onesimus rebuilt. Of course, we may associate thanksgiving (in this case, maybe with a capital T) with patience for different reasons. Did your family vote for different presidential candidates in the last election? What do you picture your Thanksgiving table’s atmosphere to feel like, if so? What can you do to practice patience with those you love despite your differences?