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In 1986 composer Don Moen released the song “Give Thanks,” urging us to thank God – the Holy One – with a grateful heart. Historically we recall the Pilgrims gathering with the Native Americans to give thanks to God for the abundant harvest they had gathered. The participants’ celebration was especially grateful because it followed a time of severe famine and hardship. This is our time to give thanks as we gather with family and friends; grateful to be together once again as this grueling test of adversity seems to be lessening.

Life is more… than a long, connected chain of experiences. We are of a higher calling. I have nothing against seeking great experiences. Those…


There is perhaps no bitter irony quite like a gathering of loved ones for a grand feast that leads to the incineration of the family home, but each November it happens again and again, leaving the American Red Cross with a duty to warn.