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Sharing Our Stories: Monday Edition (11/09)

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Sharing Our Stories: Monday Edition (11/09)

This was an email originally sent out to the parish on Monday, November 9, 2020.

Hi friends:

Here are the latest group of stories we have collected. This is a wonderful way for us to stay connected with one another and to accompany one another on this journey. We would love to have YOUR story. Check out the broad guidelines HERE.  And if you have already submitted a story, please let us have another one!

Reflection by Dwight Russell

In a November past, I recall Paul Revere riding through Medina shouting: “The catalogs are coming, the catalogs are coming”. Only a few now, as most advertising sites are on-line. Some requests, however, still arrive via USPS – The Union Gospel Mission, The Red Cross, The Humane Society, to name a few that minister directly to the human beings and animals who are lost and have nothing.  The plight of the marginalized can make one weep inside.

I grew up on a ranch during the Great Depression of the thirties. We had no hot water until I was seven years old, and it was a lot of fun heating bath water on the wood-fired stove in the kitchen. Then came World War II and only one pair of new shoes per year, among other necessary restrictions. My wife had similar experiences. This may sound like whining or complaining  -  it is neither. Rather, the memories cause us to say thank you to God for our furnace, hot water heater, warm blankets and clothes – over and over again! We are also very grateful for the outreach activities at St.Thomas, made possible by the extension of our treasure to those in need.

Our current liminal space is disturbing, depressing and stressful, but there is hope, thanks be to God. Shirley and I miss our parish family, but we will reunite again. Until that time, we take heart in our virtual clergy and staff ministries – they are precious.

Thanks for listening, happy Thanksgiving, and “let us worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness”.