A Happy Thanksgiving

Years ago I was struck by an article in my morning newspaper counseling not to be the turkey at Thanksgiving dinner.  Apparently this holiday, more often than not, is fraught with the stress of an undercurrent of unresolved family issues.  Mary Baker Eddy, discoverer of Christian Science, also one of six siblings with a father known for his “iron will” – was no stranger to adversity at home as well as later in life.  Recorded in a collection of her letters, she wrote to a student, “Under affliction in the very depths, stop and contemplate what you have to be grateful for.”
I have found that contemplating what I am grateful for in others has often led to common ground, if not at least to a truce.  And something that one might find too is that regularly highlighting the good (another name for God in the Bible) in our experience can lead to a safe shore.  William Bradford as a new governor of colonial Plymouth, said of that first Thanksgiving:
“Thus out of small beginnings greater things have been produced by His hand that made all things of nothing, and gives being to all things that are; and as one small candle may light a thousand, so the light here kindled has shown unto many, yea in some sort to our whole nation; let the glorious name of God have all the praise.”

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