George Washington Carver observed that, “How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong, because someday in life you will have been all of these.” In these days, we are acutely aware of our responsibilities to the many needs all around. Elections loom, winter lurks, and the words of Jim Wallis advocating for awareness of those impoverished in our midst echo in our ears.
As people of faith, we are called to a deeper compassion and awareness. In these days of thanksgiving, it is good to pause and recognize all the bounty surrounding you, and consider ways you can continue to contribute on both personal and institutional levels. We have so much to be thankful for.
This is the season when we prepare our budget for the upcoming year at Underwood Church, and it is an exciting time. You may think I’ve lost it, calling budget preparations exciting, but it is a palpable reminder of how many vital and thriving ministries this church is involved in. I look forward to continuing and expanding these into the coming year, and hope that you will prayerfully consider your participation. Let the wisdom of George Washington Carver guide you, and may we together, go far. May God continue to deeply bless you.
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