Many of us will gather around Thanksgiving meals this week. We’ll share in good food and animated conversation. I pray it will be civil for all of us!

In the tiny letter of Titus, towards the end of the New Testament, it reads, “be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show every courtesy to everyone.” (3: 1-2). That’s a recipe for a better conversation! Sunday we will talk about civility, which is an important and touchy subject these days. We seem to see less of it in in our civic discourse. We get emails and tweets that are far from civil. Can we lead the way here?

I believe we are in a time when a Christian witness to kindness, decency and grace are essential. Our world needs us more than ever. Here’s one more thought from the Bible when we gather with family and friends: Let your conversation always be full of grace, seasoned with salt… (Colossians 4:6) . Try that approach with your meals this week!

Dave Summers, PhD
Senior Pastor
pastordave@pvumc.org
602.840.8360, Ext 131

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