A Time to Give Thanks
Each year, the first Sunday of November, we gather for All Saints Day to remember those who have gone before us in faith. It is a time to commemorate those we have lost… to celebrate the inspirational people we have met on our journey and the joy of our shared history.
These often aren’t famous folks, but rather those everyday people who have touched our lives in the most meaningful of ways…our neighbor who shared their backyard garden harvest or a friend whose presence and companionship meant so much in our lives. And so it is this early November, when our thoughts turn to the friends of Lutheran Ministries of Mercy that we have grown to know and love.
At Lutheran Social Services dear friends like June, who worked tirelessly to benefit our ministry and others. Our faithful “mailer”, June made sure our agency mailings made it to the post office on time. She was equally dedicated to her work at St. Luke’s Hospital and within her own church home. We are thankful for Larry whose concern about our community’s hunger issues was reflected through the years in his support in word and deed to our food pantries.
And, of course, Mark, whose never-failing belief in our shared mission was selflessly reflected in his work as a volunteer and Board member. We have been forever blessed that God connected us with these friends, and many others who have taught us to live each day with encouragement. We will light a candle this fall and give thanks to God for the extraordinary gifts of ordinary people. -Terri Rodriguez