Greetings. The November e-newsletter recently went out highlighting a special sale going on for the holidays. Get as many of the “So I Can Tell” CD as your heart desires for just $7.99 each between now and December 31, 2013. I have been amazed at what God has done with this album and the doors He has opened for me to minister His message of hope and healing since it’s release in 2012. Grab some extra CDs for gift giving. And God will do the rest!
I’m sharing a silly, little story that was included in the letter for those of you who aren’t on the mailing list…
A funny thing happened at the women’s retreat this past weekend. I was speaking at Royal Redeemer in North Royalton, OH. Our theme: Eucharisteo – Thanksgiving that Lasts Longer Than the Turkey.
I took my seat at lunch next to Maeghan, one of the attendees, and there was a pilgrim-themed rubber duckie at each place setting. Anette, our gracious host, had announced each of us could take one home as a momento of our time together. Excited to bring one home to my duck collecting daughter, Sarah, I proceeded to line up four different rubber duckies in front of me. My thought was I could take a picture and text it to her to see which one she liked best. Plus, I didn’t want to bring home a duplicate duck as her bookshelves are already bursting with them. It’s a regular duck dynasty.
Meaghan saw what I was doing and assured me they had enough extra and to please go ahead and take all four. I was, of course, overwhelmed at such generosity, but admitted I would feel a little guilty if any of the other women saw me stashing four ducks away instead of the allotted single duck. Thankfully, she was willing to tuck the ducks safely into my product suitcase in one covertly swift motion. We couldn’t help but giggle at our silly antics.
Not one to keep things hidden, I let it all spill out through a babbling public confession during the session immediately following lunch. We had a good laugh and I’m certain all was forgiven.
I’m grateful for a busy Fall out on the road. I can’t think of anything better than doing what God has called me to do and seeing how He works in the lives of real people. I’ve got one more weekend at Calvary Chapel Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and then I’m home for the holidays. Their theme: Heavenly Peace. Doesn’t that sound wonderful?
Years ago, my Mom gave me a little book called Graces. Assembled by June Cotner, it’s a collection of prayers and poems for everyday meals and special occasions. My copy is sun faded as I used to display it in a window in my kitchen. In preparation for Thanksgiving Day, I thought I’d offer a few simple graces here. Perhaps you’ll share one around your table this year. If there was a way for me to join you, I’d be bringing the broccoli casserole, and a thankful heart…
In the name of the Father,
whose love sustains us,
And of the Son,
whose life regains us,
And of the Holy Spirit,
whose guidance maintains us,
We ask a blessing on this meal.
-Theresa Mary Grass
Lord be with us on this day of thanksgiving
Help us make the most of this life we are living
As we are about to partake of this bountiful meal
Let us not forget the needy and the hunger they feel
Help us to show compassion in all that we do
And for all our many blessings we say thank You
Thank you for the world so sweet,
Thank You for the food we eat.
Thank You for the birds that sing,
Thank You, God, for everything.
Bountiful blessings to all,