As the Thanksgiving holiday comes to a close, we reminisce on the things we are thankful for. I am thankful for the last week filled with family and friends. I have a house to live in, a car to go places, and a school where I can learn. But thankfulness does not mean contentment.
As I loved and laughed with family and ate way to much turkey, many were killed by ethnic violence in south Sudan. As I played card games, the genocide in Darfur continued. As I watched football, sectarian violence in the Central African Republic left many dead. On Black Friday, I shopped for Christmas presents and yellow fever reached epidemic status in Brazil. When I ate dinner with my grandparents, many in the same city did not eat.
Let us all be grateful but let us never be complacent. This table to me represents the community and love of Jesus and this congregation, and it is welcome to all.
Let us all take strength in the sacraments that we can use to fuel how we can affect change and help other people. Because that is the message of Jesus Christ.
Written by Ehret Nottingham, junior at Loveland High School.