30 Days of Thankfulness – 11/10/17

For the month of November, I’m going to try to include gratitude in all my posts (and post every day.)


Today I’m thankful that most people have access to affordable health care. Big Al and I have never had to worry about health care since he reentered the Air Force. That was one of the reasons he stayed in the military for 20 years – to get decent health care for life. It was not always that way. When we first married, we were both students and off any benefits from our parents. Of course, I got pregnant, so we paid for our first son on the installment plan. When he was two months old, I was diagnosed with gall bladder problems, and thanks to the intervention of my parents with our old family doctor, I was treated, including major surgery and a three-week stay in the hospital. Nevertheless, we paid my father back over three years. I’m grateful that he was able to pay those expenses and carry the loan for us, but consequently we started off several thousand dollars in the hole, and were never able to completely make it up. We eventually saved enough money to buy houses, and to retire, but knowing the time value of money makes me realize that’s one of the main reasons we always were a little short, and living just at the edge of being comfortable.

Now my kids are grown with kids of their own, and they’ve gone through periods of unemployment (as have most middle-aged people). During all those times, the thing I worried about most was their lack of health care insurance. So I thank God for the Affordable Care Act for all my loved ones.

Expecting the Word – Advent Two – Thursday

My Advent series this year will follow the Words Matter Advent study from the National Council of Churches. Download the whole booklet if you’d like, and follow along with the writings for each day. I’d love to discuss them with you. Also, here is a link to the Advent readings from the Inclusive Bible. I prefer the more inclusive language here, than the NRSV texts used in the study booklet (be sure to read the note on page 6).

Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13

I’m struck by the way Peace doesn’t come except when paired with Justice.

When will we learn that?

G-d’s steadfast Love and Faithfulness only comes to fruition when led by Justice.

Where is the Justice in the world when some children go to bed hungry, and others refuse to eat what’s put before them because they dislike the taste?

Where is the Justice in the world when some children sleep on park benches or in homeless shelters, and others complain because they don’t have a new toy?

Where is the Justice in the world when the elderly are reluctant to go to the doctor for fear of the cost, and government workers have only the best health care?

I understand that I can’t right all the wrongs, but just because I can’t do everything, doesn’t mean I can’t do something!

G-d, forgive me for doing less than everything I can.