Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving One and All!

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The Happiest Thanksgiving to you and yours! May you find the joy in the upcoming season celebrating our most gracious God, the birth of the Savior of the world and all He has done for us. As you feast on the thoughts of your blessings today, remember that even the challenges, sorrows and sadness we feel over things we cannot change or find hard to endure will bless us one day.

I pray we will pace ourselves through the holidays so that we can enjoy them. Not just the cultural side, not just the spiritual side but both as they are rich in meaning and tradition, both important parts of living this life. They do not have to be mutually exclusive. Each to be understood and appreciated in its own way.

Of course what we are celebrating is the most important part for all of us as Christians, but the customs and fun things of each culture are important to the well-being of the inhabitants of a country as well. We learned that well in the years we have spent in Scotland and Italy at Christmas time. In these times of division and unrest, what unifies us as a nation and people strengthen us.

So what are you thanking God for today? What do you try not to take for granted in your life?