Thanksgiving Fest Reflections of Gratitude: Day 11

Small country graveyard with multiple gravestoness in a grassy enclosure

Eternal God, by the death of Jesus Christ our fear of death is lessened, with Christ’s time in the tomb, we know you have sanctified the resting places of your loved ones, and with Christ’s glorious resurrection you have brought life and immortality to light.  UCC Book of Worship

Who likes graveyards?

As a minister, I imagine I spend more time in cemeteries than the average person. I even have a view of the village graveyard from my office.

I appreciate the beauty of a well-maintained burial ground

I cherish the silence.

I value the stories contained on the stones.

I trust that those who have gone before and those who remain behind are safe in God’s care.

This is one of my favorite benedictions:

Life is short and we do not have much time to gladden the hearts of those who travel with us. 

Therefore be swift to love and make haste to be kind. 

The blessing of God,

who made us,

who loves us,

and who travels with us

be with you now and forever.

– Henri Frederic Amiel (1821-1881)

I give thanks for the reminder that life is short and precious.

What are you thankful for today?

4 thoughts on “Thanksgiving Fest Reflections of Gratitude: Day 11

  1. robincartee

    Good Morning Pastor Susan, I too am thankful for the Precious Resting Places of our loved ones.  I too find the peaceful surroundings a gift that allows me to feel truly alive and grateful for all I have. My little job as I call it gives me comfort in placing arrangements for loved ones past but not forgotten.  I talk to them as if I have known them all their lives.  It is a Grace that few understand for fear of the grave yards.  I am so Thankful for my little job, and if you are ever looking for me and can not find me, check the cemetery, it is a home away from home.  Peace!   Robin Cartee  

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  2. fosteringyourfaith

    Robin, I love the image of you placing arrangements in the cemetery – it’s one way that we can express our gratitude for those who are no longer with us physically, but who still remain part of our lives.

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  3. fosteringyourfaith

    Thank you, Jill! I offer that benediction often, especially at funerals and memorial services – they are a poignant reminder of how precious life is.

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