As Thanksgiving approaches and we’re all encouraged to look back on the blessings of the past year, I can’t help but note that, for me, being made a deacon and being given the opportunity to serve here at St. Olave’s is more than one among a series of gifts from God. It’s more like a milestone on a journey that’s all about gratitude. The vocation – that call from God – to the Christian life takes different forms for different people, but for all of us, it’s a call to order our lives around a real and profound gratitude in such a way that this gratitude becomes the basis of everything we do.
This is why I love that we all say the General Thanksgiving together at the end of Morning Prayer, asking God to give us “unfeignedly thankful” hearts, such that we show forth his praise “not only with our lips, but in our lives.” This prayer is a beautiful expression of how our inward and intimate relationship with the God who gives us life finds its natural expression in a life of gratitude and generosity.
I’m thankful God has placed me here to walk this stretch of that journey with you.