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Thankful for much and hoping for more
November 23, 2017

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It seems like a day doesn't go by that there isn't a shooting, drug overdose, terrorist attack, weather event, domestic violence incident or a sexual harassment accusation. It is happening with such frequency that it is hard to keep track of them all. It can be overwhelming, paralyzing and difficult for our minds to digest.

These topics will most likely be part of the discussions around our Thanksgiving dinner tables. Talking can help. It makes us feel a common bond to discuss the state of the world with those close to us: to express ourselves, understand humanity and seek solutions.

Some prefer to make the holiday a respite, to enjoy the peace and relaxation. Whether you decide to engage in the issues or simply enjoy the pie, we hope both will be restorative. These times lead us to be more thankful for the lives we have. It is a time to pause and reflect how blessed we are to have more than the majority of the world dealing with starvation, war, oppression and violence.

Hopefully, after the holiday weekend, we will all be rested enough to deal with whatever comes our way. If tomorrow we wake up to find dark clouds moving in, we must muster the strength and determination to tackle the challenges. We must fill our hearts and prayers with encouragement and inspiration and show respect and empathy toward those living with these issues. Let's take action to make things better.

We must have faith that next Thanksgiving will be better. Here's to the start of the holiday season, one that continues year-round with faith, hope and charity.

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