Celebrating the Spring Holidays

Happy Thanksgiving: A Message from Bishop Rickel

Happy Thanksgiving: A Message from Bishop Rickel


(music) – Greetings, Diocese of Olympia
and to all those watching. As we gather around our
tables for Thanksgiving 2017, it will be difficult not
to notice the complexities of the world we live in, the
tensions in our own country, the divisions, the struggles. Thanksgiving is a day
designed for us to step back from all of that and to look at and take stock of all that
really matters in life. The blessing of the meal
we share each Sunday in the Eucharist is appropriately called The Great Thanksgiving. We share in that meal to thank God for all that God has given to us, and we retell the story of
the gift of Jesus in our lives and we celebrate that gift. But that Thanksgiving meal is
never only about the past, about what happened. It is also always about
what should happen, about the future, about how
we move after being fed, do the work God has given us to do. I hope this Thanksgiving
is a joyous one for you. I hope you all have all the
people you love with you, and if not with you, close to your heart. I hope your Thanksgiving Day
is not only about the past, but also about the future, about how you can share your
faith by sharing yourself and finding your way to work
to make this world less tense, less divided, less of a struggle. I hope you have time to reflect on the things that really matter, sifting through those
that so often take over, but really don’t. I need that too; I want that too. I will pray that for you, and I hope you will pray that for me. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. (music)


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