May God’s blessings be upon you as we remember those who have served our nation and all other nations around the world on Veterans’ Day Sunday. As has been our practice, we devoted a portion of our prayers for the veterans, living and dead, in our extended Parish family. The remembrance of our veterans was colored somewhat by the conditions today: chilly and windy. Cosmically, a fitting way to remember veterans. We were blessed to have a slight uptick in attendance – nice that people are out braving the inhospitable conditions.
As we gathered for worship today the focus was not on veterans per se; rather, we considered the promise of God’s presence and how God has guided us through our journey. In Hebrew Scripture we heard a passage from Haggai and the reminder that the rebuilding of God’s temple takes time and, when complete, will be grander than the most grand thing we remember. Luke’s reminder was two-fold (at least): that God is the God of the living and not the dead – human standards are tied to the human world; those who have faith in God will be blessed into eternal life. Haggai and Paul helped paint a picture of the life we live: that past appears better than it might have been; the present is overwhelming; and the future is downright scary. But, because we are God’s people, the first fruits of creation. May you be blessed this Veterans’ Day weekend.
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Readings: Haggai 1:15b-2:9; Psalm 145:1-5, 18-22; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17; Luke 20:27-38