Happy Thanksgiving to you,

Today I simply want to share a prayer.

Lord of the Feast,

“Thank you” is too small a phrase for all that you have given us.  Our lives fill up to overflowing with your goodness.

Thank you for the people in our lives.  Grandmas and grandpas and aunts and uncles and cousins.  For the family recipes they shared.  Recipes for cranberry salad and peach pie.  Recipes for living.  

Thank you for the food.  Oh, Lord!  What food!  Turkey and gravy.  Gravy, Lord!  Does gravy flow in fountains in heaven?  And mashed potatoes and sweet potatoes.  Cranberries, red and tart.  Pumpkin pie.  Pecan pie.  Only you could design a world where good food emerges from dirt. 

Thank you for the table itself, the community it creates.  “Please pass the corn,” we say and from one set of hands to another, food is passed round and round.  Across the table, we look at one another.  Talk and laughter.  We smile as our plates fill and empty.  Sometimes we are silent, simply savoring the taste of it all.  Tables are holy.  No wonder you last blessed your disciples at a table. 

Thank you for it all.  For the lavish sense of love that is Thanksgiving, for the way it opens our hearts to see it all as a gift.  The way turkey and gravy become grace and generosity.  The way we become thankful on a Thursday in November. 

Thank you.  Amen 

Happy Thanksgiving to you all.

Pastor Cindy

Pastor Cindy Hickman

West Des Moines United Methodist Church
720 Grand Ave
West Des Moines, Iowa 50265

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On Sunday, we worship in a traditional way at 8:30 am and in a casual way at 11 am.  You are invited.  And now we are Livestreaming our 8:30 worship service.  

This week at WDMUMC:

What’s Your Advent Story?  This Sunday Advent begins. As we make our way to Christmas, we will celebrate Christ’s entry into the world.  At some point Christ entered each of our lives.  Come and share in our sermon series “What’s Your Advent Story?”

Bar+Church Pastor Trevor will be leading Bar+Church at Twisted Vine Brewery on Sunday, December 1 at 1 pm.  Does faith take on a different perspective in a bar?  See you there.