From Jes Kast-Keat
It has been a full and demanding week for me. I was at my office until 9 PM and was up this morning at 5 AM. We had a large Thanksgiving feast for over 200 people from our homeless and hungry community last night. Much of my energy has been directed toward attending to our great feast. I don't have anything new, provocative, or insightful to share but I do feel praise bubbling up from all different angles in my life. As I talked about in Bible Study last night at soup kitchen, praising God has a way of rearranging our perspective so that we can see that Christ really does reign and God really is good. As one of my favorites, Meister Eckhart, said "If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough." It is common for me to start the Bible studies I'm leading by asking the group to write down three things they are thankful for. Writing down my gratitude has been a helpful spiritual practice for me. Gratitude is an essential practice of our tradition! So in the spirit of Psalm 148 let me join in with all creation and add a few words of my gratitude.