"See that no one returns evil for evil; rather always seek what is good for each other and for all. Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. In all circumstances give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus."
1 Thessalonians 5:15-18
And there it is. Exactly what God asks of us...always seeking good for each other, praying, rejoicing, giving thanks. It is spelled out so clearly and makes so much sense, and yet, we as humanity cannot seem to get it right. In the two thousand years since this was given to us as a blueprint for how to live, we struggle to put it into practice. God seems to be giving us extra time to learn these lessons and put these words into our hearts and therefore, into practice. What can we do, as individuals, to live this way in Christ Jesus? We can look at the whole of humanity and see disappointing results, but individually, people are living like this all over the place. As we pause to give thanks this week, let's take all of this reading to heart. Let's try to change our own lives to live as Jesus taught. If enough people do it, real change can be seen in humanity as a whole! Blessings to each of you as we all give thanks. See you in Advent! Love, heidi