It's after Thanksgiving, and our society moved quickly on to "Christmas." In the church calendar, Christmas doesn't happen, isn't celebrated until December 25. But our culture anticipates, celebrating while looking forward instead of prolonging something once it arrives.
Still I want to give thanks now, because our third grandchild was born on Monday. Welcome to the world, Jace Leroy!
And keeping with that sense of gratitude, here's my latest essay for Columbia Faith & Values. It was easy to list things to be thankful for, but I also realized the continuing importance of working so that others might be just as thankful in their lives.
And that is a theme - with its recognition of others' suffering and God's promise of deliverance - worthy of Advent.