November newsletter

Over the last month, I have been leading the congregation through a stewardship series called “Living Generously.”  Through a series of five short films, we have followed the story of the Donovan family as the definition of generosity changed for each of them. 

As I write this, we have just watched the film “Defense” in which the father of the family, Frank, dreamed that he was in a courtroom to defend how he spent his money.  The prosecution called Frank’s money to the stand, who came forward in the person of a well-dressed, handsomely-groomed, smooth-voiced Caucasian man.  Someone who pretty much reflected Frank.  Someone with whom Frank would have been very comfortable.

And when I thought more about it, someone with whom I would have felt very comfortable.  I can relate well to a middle-aged, attractive Caucasian man.  It made me think that if my money were given a body and personality, it would look and act pretty much like me.

That makes me take an uncomfortably deep look at myself.  How much does my money reflect who I am, and how I want to be?  How does my spending reflect how I want other people to see me?  What do I really think is important?

We are quickly approaching the winter holiday season.  In my mind, it begins with All Saints Day on November 1, in which the church celebrates those who have passed away in the last year.  Then we celebrate Thanksgiving, which reminds me that I have much to be thankful for, even when I do not feel very thankful.  And then, of course, Advent and Christmas, which draws attention to unusual entrance of Jesus into the world, in a way with which I do not feel at all comfortable.

My hope is that my discomfort leads me to celebrate the upcoming holidays that takes me out of myself and onto the paths God wants me to walk.  Perhaps it might be the same for you.


Linda Willey