November 1

Written by Bill Grandi on November 1st, 2021

The past week or two (or is that year or two?) has brought about the endless parade…wait for it…Hallmark Channel Christmas movies. Tragically, I’m caught up in that cycle as well, because if I want to spend time with Jo when I get home, I am forced to sit in my recliner and watch them with her.

Whatever can be said of those movies-and a lot could be said (good and bad)-one word stands out: P.R.E.D.I.C.T.A.B.L.E. I have learned though that the best thing I can do is keep my mouth shut. Don’t comment. Don’t predict. Due to a heart issue, Tami has had to stay with us and even she has gotten into the act (of predicting).

November begins the approach to two of the favorite holidays-Thanksgiving and Christmas. I’m not telling you anything new with that revelation. 🙂 They say that thanks to inflation this will be the most expensive dinner on record. And due to the supply chain crisis, this may be the most empty-shelved Christmas on record.

I could say all sorts of things politically but I won’t. Instead, let me say this: rather than bemoan those facts, why not pivot? Why not take a different approach? I’m not advocating doing away with with either of the holidays, but why not redirect them? Why not fix the Thanksgiving dinner but go easier? (I’m fine without pumpkin pie and anything cinnamon by the way). How about inviting others to share it with you? Why not have a pitch-in capped off with a time of gratitude? As for Christmas, why not go a little easy on the expensive gifts and stick to a more personal offering? A coupon book of monthly outings. A monthly commitment to send a gift to a ministry in someone’s honor? And here is something novel! Why not truly focus on the gift of Jesus?

Let’s use today as an on-ramp to new joy, new focus, new direction, and a new relationship with Jesus?

“Father, focus me on You. May these next two months be truly remarkable in my walk with You and the depth that is developed.”

My blogging friend, Martha, is having some serious and painful gum surgery today. Would you please say a prayer for her when you read this? Thanks.


6 Comments so far ↓

  1. Ryan S says:

    I do think there will need to be some creative planning this year. Regardless of how families spend the Holidays together, the important thing is to keep things in the proper perspective.

    Praying for Martha this morning… Also asking for good news on Amanda as she has her 6 week apt on her foot. Praying that everything is healing well.

    • Bill Grandi says:

      Creative for sure Ryan. Thanks for praying for Martha. Didn’t know about Amanda’s check up. I, too, hope all is healing well.

      • Ryan S says:

        Good news from the doctor. Srill in the boot for walking, but she can now put some weight on it. He was pleased with her progress.

        • Bill Grandi says:

          Fantastic news Ryan! Better be careful though. She may telling you what to do soon. 🙂

  2. Thank you, Bill, for mentioning my prayer needs here, and thank you, Ryan, for praying for me. I will pray for Amanda, too, that all is healed with her foot, and she’s good to go.
    Blessings, Bill, and thanks for another amazing sermon yesterday!

    • Bill Grandi says:

      I’m honored to ask for prayer for you Martha. Praying all goes well. And thanks for the kind words about the sermon.