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Give Thanks

posted Jan 5, 2020, 7:16 PM by Bowmansville UMC
A word from our Pastor (Taken from an article in the Buffalo News: The God Squad / by Rabbi Marc Gellman) 

Give thanks for people, things that rarely get noticed.  Every year before Thanksgiving, I honor a personal tradition of making a list of people and things for which and for whom I am thankful this year. The one twist to my list is that I never put on the list the people (family, friends) and things (home, food, job, nation) that always appear on the normal Thanksgiving lists.

I encourage you, my dear readers, (yes you are on the list) to follow me at your Thanksgiving table. Ask your guests to list someone or something for which they want to give thanks. It must be something or someone that is unusual and that rarely gets the thanks they/it deserve. As an example, my favorite item on past lists… squirrels.

So, this year’s Thanksgiving little known list begins with: Angels on the subway. In the Bible angels are not winged things with halos and harps. They could be but most angels are just ordinary people on a mission given to them by God. They do not even know that they are angels. In fact, the Hebrew word for angel is malach and that word just means a messenger. When three angels come to visit Abraham, they are described as three men (Genesis 18:2). When the angel wrestled with Jacob it is described as “a man wrestled with him” (Genesis 32:25). They are people but they are also angels. 

So, this year a good news story popped up a few weeks ago about an angel who surfaced in Oakland Calif., in the Bay Area Rapid Transit System. Surveillance videos captured the stunning images of a transportation supervisor named John O’Connor pulling a man to safety who had just fallen onto the tracks just in front of an oncoming train. “I just looked at him and said, ‘He’s not going to make it.’ Let me see, because it’s hard to get out of there,” O’Connor told reporters Monday. “It is not like you could just jump up and get out of there. You know, I was just fortunate God put me there and he got to see another day.” At least John O’Connor knew that he was an angel.

Is there someone who saved you? They did not have to pull you from the subway tracks but perhaps they saved you in other ways. Perhaps the angels in your life are the people who appeared in your life at just exactly the right moment and at just exactly the right time with just exactly the right message? Say their name before you cut the turkey. Call them after the holiday. The angels in your life deserve a little thanks and love. (To read the rest of this article, find it on the bulletin board in the back of the sanctuary!)

Pastor Kevin