November 27, 2014
Mr. David Rivera —
Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.
I am here today to talk about giving thanks. God is the creator of all life and the creator of all blessings. He gives us all an abundance of blessings and much to be grateful for. Even the challenges in our lives can be reasons to be thankful to God.
I would like to tell you what I am thankful for. I am most thankful for God bringing me to the Episcopal Church and bringing me to this wonderful community of faith called Trinity Episcopal Church on the Green in New Haven. I have always been involved with God and his church. I started out at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Meriden. I really liked that church. But then there came a time though that I was not in church regularly, up until about January 2012 when I began to attend Trinity weekly. Now I am proud to be an usher, acolyte, conference call operator and outreach worker. I am thankful to be in the company of my church family, who love God as much as I do. Trinity Church is an important blessing in my life.
This is not all I am thankful for though. I am also grateful for being able to volunteer every weekend. I have received numerous thanks and appreciation from the folks I escort at Yale New Haven Hospital on Fridays. I am like a positive light at the end of the tunnel on their road to recovery. I also receive thanks from the folks at Loaves & Fishes, Chapel on the Green, The Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen and Columbus House. God has sent me to all these places to help those in need, and I truly thank him for calling me to do this. I sincerely love serving my brothers and sisters in Christ.
I am also thankful for my family and friends. My family has always been there for me. They support me, respect me, value me as a person and love me dearly. They are truly a blessing to me in my life. I think of my friends at church as my second family and am grateful that I can see them on Sundays. I am thankful that I have a house to live in and food to eat. God has been good to me and I trust will continue to be. I will continue to serve Christ through serving others.
Lastly, I am thankful to be asked to deliver this homily on Thanksgiving Day. It was a great opportunity not only for me, but for you as my church family to learn what you have done for me, and what you have taught me about loving and serving God. Amen!