For the Living of These Days—A Word from Jim England

In her book, Grateful: The Subversive Practice of Giving Thanks, Diana Butler Bass wrote that gratitude “gives us new perspectives on our lives. It stretches through our experiences—past, present, and future—creating  a fabric of appreciation and awareness that forms the story of our  lives. When we are thankful for the blessings of what was and see the goodness of what is, what can be comes into view with greater hope and possibility.”  (pp 62-63)

Highland’s rich history of people exploring their faith and sharing their gifts fills me with appreciation for what I see today. I see a generosity of spirit, an openness of mind, a creative compassion and a prophetic voice. You fill me with hope for the future.

We grow closer to a time of embracing a new pastor and new chapter in the story of Highland. I look forward to more healing for folks traumatized by bad theology. I pray for the continued growth of this place where we find “home” and welcome. I hope for the continuing expansion of love for  all people. I hope for a mindfulness that explores questions and dares to live in faith when we do not have answers.

May the love of God stretch through our experiences of past, present and future and create a fabric of appreciation for our past, an awareness of all that is good now, and living hope for the future.