The holiday is just a few days away and many of us are preparing: buying food, dusting off recipes, cleaning the house, making travel plans, packing bags (complete with comfortable pants to accommodate our gluttonous leanings), etc.

But are we doing anything to get our hearts ready?

If so, good for you.

If not, let me offer a couple of ideas.

1. Feel free to listen in as our faith community considers making an “Attitude Relocation”.

We’re asking God to move us from simply knowing we have a lot to be thankful for- to living likes of gratitude each day.  What does that kind of relocation look like?

We’ve been watching God work in the life of Joseph (the OT one) and trying to notice potential parallels to our journey.

You can find the first conversation HERE.   The second should be posted in the next couple of days.

2. For those of you who respond better to music than people talking- check out “Ill With Want” by the Avett Brothers

Here’s a live video (complete with the backing chorus of the crowd):

The Lyrics:

“I am sick with wanting and it’s evil and it’s daunting
How I let everything I cherish lay to waste
I am lost in greed, this time it’s definitely me
I point fingers but there’s no one there to blame

A need for something, now let me break it down again
A need for something but not more medicine

I am sick of wanting and it’s evil how it’s got me
And every day is worse than the one before
The more I have the more I think I’m almost where I need to be
If only I could get a little more

A need for something, now let me break it down again
A need for something but not more medicine

Something has me, oh something has me
Acting like someone I don’t wanna be
Something has me, oh something has me
Acting like someone I know isn’t me
Ill with want and poisoned by this ugly greed

Temporary is my time, ain’t nothing on this world that’s mine
Except the will I found to carry on
Free is not your right to choose
It’s answering what’s asked of you
To give the love you find until it’s gone

A need for something, now let me break it down again
A need for something but not more medicine

Something has me, oh something has me
Acting like someone I don’t wanna be
Something has me, oh something has me
Acting like someone I know isn’t me
Ill with want and poisoned by this ugly greed
Ill with want and poisoned by this ugly greed
Ill with want and poisoned by this ugly greed”

Hope your food, travel and heart preparations go well and you have a restful and grateful holiday!

Blessings,
Fred

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