November 26, 2019 | News by Rev. Matthew Ruffner
Tomorrow, in the late afternoon, the Ruffner family will stand in a large circle of extended family. Gathered in that large circle will be three generations of Sarah’s extended family, each of whom has traveled a great distance to be together on Oak Island, North Carolina. We have made the journey to continue the tradition that Sarah’s grandparents started more than 30 years ago. It will be joyous, festive, chaotic and holy. This year, on Thanksgiving evening, 55 people will stand in a circle, hold hands, and share aloud what we are most grateful for before the food is blessed and we eat. We will put to words the people or the experiences for which we are most grateful. It’s one of my favorite traditions and an important ritual for our life together.
As I reflect on this past year, I have much to be thankful for. I’m beyond thankful for Sarah, Olivia, and Elliott. I’m grateful for friends and for our Preston Hollow team. I’m grateful to God for God’s call and presence in my life. I feel as though I’m in a season of deepening and growth, and for that, I’m eternally grateful.
I’m thankful for you, Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church! You are part of our family and I cannot adequately express how much we have come to love you and cherish you! Thank you for the ways you take the risk of faith and are the church in the world! Thank you for caring not only for the Ruffners, but for one another. I’m grateful to be your pastor.
Wherever you happen to be reading this email, I hope you can take a moment and reflect on what you are grateful for in your life and the world. I hope you will pause and give God thanks.
With great hope,