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Give Thanks

Give thanks no matter what.

Thanksgiving 2009 – is there anything worth giving thanks for?  In today’s world we can be blinded by the godawful trials and tribulations affecting people all over the world, so blinded that we can be overcome with woes and worries and doubts and fears.

However, if we could take a breath and look for something for which we could be grateful, then the world would not seem so bleak and devastating even though the sky seems to be falling.

When we change the way we look at things; the things we look at change – Wayne Dyer’s gentle exhortation is effective no matter what situation we are facing…

Find something to be grateful for and give thanks, no matter what. AND LAUGH….

Muriella’s Corner salutes the troops and their families and thanks them for their efforts in securing peace.

Enjoy the beautiful faces in the video sharing gratitude and appreciation from around the world
Source: The Certain Way

Click here for images which help in visualizing peace and security on the African continent.

Some quotes on thanks and gratitude

Wilbur D. Nesbit
Forever on Thanksgiving Day; The heart will find the pathway home.

Thank you, dear God
For all You have given me,
For all You have taken away from me,
For all You have left me.

Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.

He who receives a good turn should never forget it; he who does one should never remember it.

Meister Eckhart
If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, ‘thank you,’ that would suffice.

Galatians 6:9
Do not get tired of doing what is good. Don’t get discouraged and give up, for we will reap a harvest of blessing at the appropriate time.

Albert Barnes
We can always find something to be thankful for, and there may be reasons why we ought to be thankful for even those dispensations which appear dark and frowning.

May your stuffing be tasty
May your turkey plump,
May your potatoes and gravy
Have nary a lump.
May your yams be delicious
And your pies take the prize,
And may your Thanksgiving dinner
Stay off your thighs!

Hunter S. Thompson
When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.

Ronald Knox
A good sermon should be like a woman’s skirt: short enough to rouse the interest, but long enough to cover the essentials.

Barbara Stanwyck
Egotism – usually just a case of mistaken non-entity.

Friedrich Nietzsche
Fear is the mother of morality.

Abraham Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation
The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies

To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God.

In the midst of a civil war of unequalled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union.

Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defense have not arrested the plough, the shuttle, or the ship; the axe had enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom.

No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and voice by the whole American People.

I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to his tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquility and Union.

Scriptural References to Thanksgiving

JOEL 2:21-27
In every culture the harvest season is a time of
thanksgiving.  Such celebrations occurred in ancient Israel as this excerpt
from one of their minor prophets shows.  The images of plenty pour out on
the page, line after line.  What is more, this abundant harvest came after
years of privation.

The significant element of this celebration comes to the fore in the phrase
“rejoice in the Lord your God.”  Providential grace, not human effort alone,
yields the abundant harvest.

This brief psalm exults in the return of the exiles
from Babylon.  The dream of two generations had come true.  The psalmist
likens the experience to a harvest when the watercourses in the parched
desert of the Negeb were flowing from plentiful rainfall.  It could have
been included among the Songs of Ascent to remind Israelites of who gave
them whatever prosperity they might enjoy.
1 TIMOTHY 2:1-7
The two Letters to Timothy probably date from about
120-140 AD.  A church leader, using Paul’s name, wrote to guide a younger
pastor (or several pastors) in his (their) ministry.  Among other counsel,
he warned about a serious heresy.  Here he gave instructions about how and
for whom to pray.  Most surprising is the inclusion of the king (i.e. the
Roman emperor) and government officials.  The philosophy behind the
Canadian Constitution reflects this very contemporary prayer in the words,
“peace, order and good government.”
MATTHEW 6:25-33
This well-known passage from the Sermon on the Mount
declared that the secret to God’s ample provision for human need are trust
and obedience to God’s righteous rule.  Our response to God’s plentiful
grace, not anxious manipulation of economic and financial systems, will
bring about the universal prosperity God wants all of us to enjoy.

For more read Muriella’s Corner Newsletter Thanksgiving Issue 2008


Comments on: "Give Thanks" (1)

  1. Hey everyone!! Happy Thanksgiving!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂
    Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays, and every yr I like to get into the mood-extend the holiday, as it were-by reading “Thanksgiving novels.” Unsurprisingly, those stories are mostly about family and friends, about coming together to heal old hurts and giving them thanks for the gift of love. … =
    Do You Think You’re Better Off Today Than You Had been 3 Yrs Ago?

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