I’ve heard it said that we should express gratitude every day. With that in mind, I want to thank everyone who helped out with last Saturday’s Mass in the Park. I know it’s a lot of extra work for musicians, sacristans, food preparers, and others. That extra work contributed to our special tradition in the St. Matt’s faith community. It’s much appreciated!
I’m also grateful for friends and family, including opportunities to see them in person. For example, I recently flew to Portland, Oregon, to visit my oldest brother, Dick, and his family. Dick has ALS, so it was a poignant visit. (This mortality thing; can’t escape it. Glad to be part of a faith that celebrates earthly life and life in heaven.)
The visit was also a chance to see Dick’s wife, Mary, their two daughters and sons-in-law in the Portland area, along with nine grandchildren. What with distance and COVID, I hadn’t seen any of them for years. (Except for Zoom. I’m grateful for Zoom.)
Even more recently, I flew to Atlanta. There, I picked up my daughter, Bea. She broke her ankle a few weeks ago, and she was recovering with friends there. My mission was to transport her back to Nashville, where she attends university. Bea couldn’t fly home while recuperating from surgery, so I appreciated the opportunity for a day with her.
I had one final reason for gratitude with my trip to Atlanta: a few hours with my high school buddy, Chuck. There’s nothing like being with people in person. To paraphrase, God so loved the world that He came in person. Let us be thankful!
I have a lot to be grateful for. How about you? What are you grateful for today?
As always, let me know if you have any questions. Have a great week!