Reflect on our reasons to be thankful

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The No. 1 reason to be thankful is we have life given to us by God. Life starts and ends with God. His love originates our being.

His love created us in splendor and majesty at conception. Praise the name of the Lord for His goodness to each of us human beings made in His image.

The life we have is full of reasons why we give thanks to our supreme Creator and Redeemer and Lord Jesus Christ.

Some of the reasons are very obvious. We love life, family, friends, food and experiences of love in our lives. We cherish the gift of sunrises and sunsets. We look forward to times at the ocean and in the mountains. We love going to new places and seeing different cultures, foods, philosophies, creeds, nationalities and viewpoints.

Some of the reasons are not so obvious. We are so busy we do not stop to be grateful. Time escapes us. We seldom have a period of time to meditate, reflect and ponder on the meaning of our lives in relation to God and others.

So November is a perfect time to sit down and relax in the mood of thankfulness for God, friends, family, work, ministries, passions and calling to make our own life meaningful, precious, valued, affirmed and cared for by ourselves in gratitude for all our blessings.

Take time to really reflect on the goodness of human life, human family bonds and human friendships. Take time to be grateful for these iconic relationships that matter so dearly in our hearts, souls, minds and spirits.

The time to be thankful is to share the rich blessings we have received in this life by God. God is the origin of life and we hold God to be the Supreme Maker and Lord and Savior by His death and resurrection to make us realize our blessedness.

So when you gather around the table at Thanksgiving time with your family and friends, give thanks to God for your loving them with all your hearts and souls and minds for the glory of God. Yes! The reason for Thanksgiving is to help us remember how truly blessed we are as human beings to share in this wonderful reality called life. Give thanks to God for yours!

The Rev. Michael Lubinsky

Augusta

(The writer is parochial vicar at the Church of the Most Holy Trinity in Augusta.)

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gijoe7898
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gijoe7898 11/25/10 - 12:00 am
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Thank you Reverend. Reading

Thank you Reverend. Reading this was refreshing and something I should read more of. No politics, no race, no prejudgements.. No left, no right.

Hopefully, those who chose not to believe will just keep on going and respect those of us who do. Nothing here is forced upon anyone.

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gaspringwater 11/25/10 - 12:16 am
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And whether or not it is

And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be. And whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

ATTRIBUTION: MAX EHRMANN, “Desiderata,” The Poems of Max Ehrmann (1948)

Happy Thanksgivings!

gijoe7898
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gijoe7898 11/25/10 - 03:52 am
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Yes, it is about religion.

Yes, it is about religion. To take and compare it to anything else shows a remarkable abundance of time on one's hands. To attempt to diminish someone's spiritual beliefs reflects one's lack of moral conviction.

To attempt to take away from somone's special moments of peace show an insecurity of character. To disrupt the flow of thought and life as someone else believes reveals angst and isolationism from fellow man.

I almost went on to ask those who want to denigrate religion to do it elsewhere or not at this time of year. But you know what? Bring it on. It makes me stronger. And I'll still pray for your soul.

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gijoe7898 11/25/10 - 04:10 am
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Marx led to Saul Alinksy.

Marx led to Saul Alinksy. Hillary wrote a favorable college thesis on Alinsky. Obama was an intense student.

"Alinsky’s son, L. David Alinsky, credits Obama for “learning his lesson well” from the Communist guru."

http://www.canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/4784

if you're brave enough, google "marx and alinsky" and "obama and alinsky".

I ask you, grouse, what is madness?

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Techfan 11/25/10 - 07:16 am
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Google Tea Party and Alinsky.

Google Tea Party and Alinsky.

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southernguy08 11/25/10 - 07:37 am
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Thank you GAS...that is
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Thank you GAS...that is beautiful. Haven't read it in a long time. GROUSE, please, give it a rest...at least for today. And Father Lubinsky, thank you. And to God, thank you for letting me be an American!

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johnston.cliff 11/25/10 - 11:14 am
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Excellent post, gasp.

Excellent post, gasp.

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orgpsych 11/25/10 - 02:14 pm
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Nice letter ... good pause to

Nice letter ... good pause to think and reflect.

Joe, your first comment was a good after comment. The rest, though ...

Let it go, just for today. Let your soul be at peace for this brief time.

Thank you all for an invigorating forum.

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grouse 11/25/10 - 02:22 pm
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Wow! The Chronicle has
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Wow! The Chronicle has deleted not only the comment I left here, but the one on their editorial. I guess you can only agree with them and people who share their views now....(no "warning" email either, BTW). Even you conservatives should be appalled...

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InChristLove 11/25/10 - 06:05 pm
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grouse, you know the rules by

grouse, you know the rules by now so if your comment got pulled, maybe you need to tone the attitude down some.

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