Thanksgiving is the language of heaven, and we had better start to learn it if we are not to be mere dumb aliens there. ~ A. J. Gossip, Professor of Christian Ethics and Practical Theology at the University of Glasgow
Fast forward ten years. We have moved five times since getting married, most related to my husband’s PhD work, jobs, etc. God has a sense of humor. (Plus, now my husband is starting the ordination process, but that’s another story). The point of this irony is that God has caused me to see opportunity in the midst of the transitory nature of our lives.
As I reflect on this opportunity-turned-blessing, I am reminded of our forefather in the faith, Abraham, and his invitation to the three mysterious visitors to his table (Genesis 18). As you remember, one of these visitors brought news to Abraham and Sarah that she would indeed bear a son, and we know the rest of the story.
Since getting married, my husband and I have sought to bring a bit of this “new economy” – heaven’s economy – into our everyday lives, and you can too! Who can you welcome to your table this year? College students who can’t travel home? International friends who may want to learn Thanksgiving traditions? Even those without a home or family? Consider how you might invite God’s blessing into your family’s traditions.
God transformed the transitory life of our family into a space to cultivate a little slice of the Kingdom in our own home, even if against my will! Remember, this all started with me not wanting to date a future pastor. And, for the record, I am really thankful I did.
Shannon Steed Sigler is a community artist, curator, and theologian. She also serves as the Director of Social Media Communications for BeADisciple.com. Shannon is the mother of a creative three-year-old and the wife of a liturgical scholar. Her own work and research center around a Wesleyan paradigm for the visual arts. Visit her website here.
Main post photo credit: Jonathan Billinger