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Hi Friends,

It’s Sunday afternoon, and the sun is shining, although clouds are beginning to form.  The weather report says we will get more rain.  This seems to be a pattern right now, rain, sun, rain, sun.  But
having come through droughts we know how important the rain is for our earth, and for our survival as people of the earth.  I give thanks for the rain that heals creation.

Many of you may be feeling a bit anxious about staying indoors during this pandemic, and I don’t blame you.  This is not what we are accustomed to.  We are creatures of habit, people who like our freedom.  But I know the pandemic, like the drought, will end and we will have the freedom to go about our routines once again. And we will give thanks when this season has ended.

But what if we gave thanks now?  What if we looked at the abundance of what is around us now? Maybe it’s hard to imagine abundance as we stroll aisles of stores with bare shelves, but now we have time to do those things we postponed by saying, “If I only had time, I’d do (fill in the blank).”  For me it might be cleaning my home office, or binge watch Amazon Prime Movies.  There is probably an abundance of projects you’ve deferred, like me.  It is easy to say, “If I only had time” but when time arrives, sometimes we are too tired to do anything. If you choose to do nothing, that is good too.  We can all use some rest. I give thanks to God for Sabbath time.

This coming Sunday I will be preaching at Pacific Beach UMC on Gratitude and Abundance based on the book, Grateful: The Transformative Power of Giving Thanks, by Diane Butler Bass.  Again, I would like to thank Rev. Bob Rhodes for his offer to Rev. Lydia and me to come and share their technology so we can worship in this new way.  Such generous hospitality.

In anticipation of this sermon I invite you to think of what gratitude is to you.  Also, what is abundance. The text I will be preaching from is Luke 7:36-50 where the sinful woman anoints Jesus.

In the meantime, if you need anything, please let the church know.  We will do our best to find what you need.  You can reach the church at or 858-273-1480.  Although the office is closed, we are all checking our email and voicemail and will get in touch with you.

I give thanks for you and pray God’s abundant blessings upon you.
Jeri