As I drive around town, it isn’t hard to find statues and buildings that have been erected to the affluent and famous. One medical building’s pediatric wing is named for a philanthropist. The same is true of the baseball stadium of a local university. People have always found it satisfying to have their legacy “made permanent” by fashioning it in steel and stone.
On Thursday, many Christians spent some extra time talking to God while our country observed the National Day of Prayer. The tradition was formally established by Congress in 1952 but has precedents going all the way back to 1775, when the Continental Congress declared “a day of public humiliation, fasting, and prayer.”
There’s a unique difference between the prayers and goals of people in developed nations and those born into abject poverty: Sign posted on the wall of an orphanage in Haiti, where children are rescued from the ravages of poverty and raised to know God’s love through Christ Jesus. “I resolve to lose weight” vs. “I am going to trust God for a meal today.”
During a recent staff gathering, Jim Cavnar, president of Cross International Catholic Outreach, gave a retrospective of 2009. We marveled at how God blessed our ministry, especially during these tough economic times.
Thanksgiving is perhaps one of the best reminders we have to sit back and take stock of all we have to be thankful for. And we at Cross Catholic have found so much to thank God for this year!