A ‘Thanksgiving’ Message from the President
“You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God.” 2 Corinthians 9:11 (ESV)
Dear Family and Friends,
Happy Thanksgiving! It’s the time of year when we gather with family in deep appreciation one for another. More than anything else, the gathering is about sharing a meal, being with family, re-connecting with others and remembering how blessed we are.
It is also a time to remember those who have no family, no home, no food and no one to turn to. As you prepare for your Thanksgiving meal, why not pick up an extra can of beans, cranberry sauce or an extra box of cornbread or muffin mix; or even some extra fruit, dessert or drink to share with someone who may have no meal or no family with whom to share the day. Better yet, how about inviting someone to join your family in a Thanksgiving meal?
Oh, how I wish, I could have dinner with one of the families who have trekked from Haiti, Honduras or Africa to America. This will be their first Thanksgiving meal. Then again, there may be someone in your congregation, your class, at work or in your social circle who may be eating alone or have very little to eat. Let’s not forget those whose loved ones will be absent (for whatever reason) from the dinner table for the first time this year.
This Thanksgiving, I won’t be with my family and there is no holiday of Thanksgiving in Jamaica. It will be a work day for me. However, I will still pray and be grateful for my life, for you and your family, for UFBL and for God’s presence in the world.
I am asking you to ensure that everyone in our Universal Foundation for Better Living family has food to eat and a gathering to attend so that no one eats alone, unless it is their choice to do so. Look around you and reach out to someone who may just need a friend or some company this Thanksgiving.
On behalf of the UFBL Board of Directors, know that we are blessing you and your loved ones as well as God’s children worldwide. We wish for you a safe, loving and sacred Thanksgiving!
Sheila R. McKeithen, President
Universal Foundation for Better Living