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Devotions: A Time for Thanks

This devotion was shared by NLC alto Eldri Wittkamper on November 25th, 2014.

It’s that time!  I’ve got my last minute list of preparations for the feast:  Make pumpkin pie & pecan pie and whip up a batch of “powdered pimpernels!”*   Then pack and head to Duluth for Thanksgiving.

I am so excited for Thanksgiving because most of our extended family will be there. (26 out of 35 isn’t bad.)  Missing at the table will be beloved family who are now feasting in Paradise:  Mom, Dad and my sister Susan.  Blessed be their memory.


It is time to count our blessings.  And we are so blessed.  This is my list:

•   I am thankful “For life and health and all good things we give you thanks, O Lord.”  That old camp song says it all.

•  I am thankful for parents who loved and nurtured us.  And, for some of us, these parents immersed us in sacred choral music.  In fact, it was a warm bath that became a necessary part of life.  Which led us here to NLC.

•  I am thankful for this choir that feeds me in so many ways. How can you describe the mind, heart and soul connection when we sing? It is far more than  a performance.   People long gone from the choir ask in disbelief,  “Are you still singing?”  “How Can I Keep from singing.”  ELW 763 My Life Flows On in Endless Song

•  I am thankful for this choir family. You will hear that over and over again.  Many of the long-term members are cherished friends and have become my “other” family.  We have shared memories, experiences and stories. We have had mountain top experiences, trudged through the Valley of Interim Directors and have now entered the Promised Land of David Cherwien.  Can I hear an “AMEN!’

•   We need to say thanks for partners that support our life in NLC.  I am blessed with a husband who knows how important this choir is in my life.  And he sends me on my way each time with a “Sing loud and be good!”

•  I am thankful for (in random order):  hummingbirds, retirement, dark chocolate, AWD and chipmunks that eat from my hand.   I am thankful for babies, the call of the loons, minor 7th with a 9 chords, nice low alto lines and people who make me laugh. For all these things and many more, we give you thanks, O Lord.


Prayer:  The Doxology

Praise God from whom all blessings flow;

praise him, all creatures here below;

praise him above, ye heav’nly host;

praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.  Amen


*  From “Twelfth Night” by Samuel Barber