Here we go – into the busiest time of the year! Presents to buy, parties to attend, meals to prepare – and the list goes on and on. Yet the hours in the day do not increase. There are still just 24 hours in each day, and we push ourselves to get as much crammed into those hours as is humanly possible. The results are often not pretty. We get annoyed more easily, we are exhausted, we have aches and pains from not resting and eating as we should. Some people drink too much and use pain medications to escape from the pains of exhaustion, which have serious consequences.

When we think of Thanksgiving, we should remember that the word in derived from efkharisto, from which we get the word Eucharist, the blessed sacrament at Communion. The Christ child was born to save us from our sins, something to certainly be thankful for!

As we begin our season of Advent, that special time of year when we watch and wait for the birth of our Messiah, may we slow down to give thanks for our many blessings and be especially thankful for our loved ones and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Deacon Ann