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Winter Corridors | The paradox of November

Reconciling remembrance of loss with preparation for the coming holidays.

On November 1st we have a time to remember all those people of faith who have gone before us. Often a full worship service is dedicated to a celebration of both those who have died during the year and those who have been born. Slides may be shown of those members in the church who we have known so well or perhaps have not known at all.

For me, November brings wonderful memories of the birth of my great grand-nephew, my wedding over 45 years ago, some elections that brought the result I was hoping for, and some special Thanksgiving tables shared with family. But it also brings disappointment about some elections that I wasn't so happy about, memories of a time when we couldn't afford to have a turkey for Thanksgiving, and sadness about the death of my sister, Patt, on our anniversary.

In truth, if you’ve lived awhile you’ve experienced memories at opposite ends of the spectrum in all months and on all days of those months. In the church, we have the opportunity to make it possible for the people who walk in the door to know that they can experience both the highs and lows of their lives together in a supporting environment.

The following devotional considers not necessarily what we go through, but rather how we decide to go through all facets of life as a church community.

Are you feeling like your members, friends and visitors are trying to go it alone?

Focus this month on participant engagement!

"Remain in me, and I in you. As the branch can’t bear fruit by itself unless it remains in the vine, so neither can you, unless you remain in me."
John 15:4, World English Bible

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Journey with us as we offer stories and devotionals to support ministerial workers, their families and their church or synagogue members.

We are spending time thinking about how God has put church workers in a special position of labor and love.
We look to offer spiritual support.

We can identify.

From personal experience, we can offer to be a place where the ministers can be ministered to.

"But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister;" Matthew 26:20

Think about how you can offer spiritual and emotional support to your minister or rabbi.