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I would like to sincerely wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving! I have a lot to be thankful for this year!

I recently received this verse and I like it!

And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father. Colossians 3:17

So it is with eyes towards heaven that I am thankful for so much on this earth. Thank you Father for providing for so many of my needs this year. Whether it has been through a kind word, opportunities to work and play, friends to chill with, a wife to love, races to run, obstacles to leap, holes to dig, or just a place to get out of the cold or heat, your grace has been abundant (even when I thought it was lacking).

Image from Thanksgiving Corner.

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1 in 10 American’s were hungry or on the verge of hunger in 2006. This comes alongside other bad news from America’s Second Harvest (national food-bank network and the largest hunger-relief charity).  Second Harvest is also reporting that their 200+ food banks are at “critical shortages.”

There simply may be no food for many families when the rest of the nation gathers to celebrate Thanksgiving and religious holidays,” said Vicki Escarra, president of Second Harvest.

According to the Christian Science Monitor Second Harvest is reporting two major causes for this decline in food available through their network:

  • Higher Costs – oil prices are hurting both food banks and individuals.  It costs more for the banks to transport the food which results in their dollars not going as far.  With individuals facing rising heating bills, housing costs, and health insurance they have less money available to purchase food. Food Stamps are also declining in value due to inflation.
  • Less Surplus Food – A strong agricultural economy means the federal government has less need to buy up surplus products, and less surplus to pass on to food banks. The government’s support for food banks is down 70 percent over the past three years (as measured by its dollar value).

Second Harvest is trying to help eradicate hunger throughout the year through advocacy, food banks, education, and more.  This year they are trying to provide a Thanksgiving feast for 23 million people (which is actually 10 million less than the 33 million food insecure).

It is sad that there is so much need in the US.  But it also a growing trend, that we are falling behind in supporting our fellow citizens.  I’m not advocating for socialism, but our government needs to take a look at its policies and how they negatively impact millions of people while only benefiting a small group.

Other hunger related resources can be found at the ELCA World Hunger Calendar, which provides 40 days of short readings that make you think and act on hunger issues.  This is an interesting journal article entitled Fat Christians in an Age of Hunger?

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We are thankful for:
1) Marriage and a lifelong companion
2) Families that care for us and want the best for our life together
3) Friends (near and far) who enjoy our company
4) A warm place to sleep at night
5) Resources to meet our needs
6) Safety and freedom

You are thankful for:
1) Long-time friends
2) Great Family and Friends
3) New additions to your family
4) Wonderful opportunities that have come your way

From my local paper:

1. Cold car. Be thankful for a cold car when you take off for your mom’s house for Thanksgiving dinner. For at least you have a car that runs and a mother to go home to.Top 10 things to be thankful for today

2. Pepto-Bismol. Be thankful for a full stomach. At least you had enough to eat today.

3. A blaring TV. Be thankful for the TV and those who gather at your house to argue over what to watch — football or Macy’s parade. At least you are able to hear what is going on.

4. Celebrity gossip. Be thankful for the magazines with salacious headlines while you wait in never-ending lines at the last minute for the cranberry sauce you forgot to buy. At least you still have your eyesight and something fun to read.

5. Heavy totes. Be thankful for being able to have the strength to carry the totes filled with holiday decorations. At least you are lucky enough to have wonderful memories hidden within.

6. Working on Thanksgiving. Be thankful for having to work today. At least you have a job.

7. Clang. Clang. Clang. Be thankful for that noise. At least there are those willing to donate their time and their hearts to help those by ringing bells for The Salvation Army. Be thankful if you are able to have enough money to donate. And if you can’t, at least there are those willing to help you in your time of need.

8. Earmuffs. This is for the bell ringers. They are eternally thankful for the person who invented earmuffs.

9. Modern conveniences. Be thankful for stoves, refrigerators, indoor plumbing on this chilly day and grocery stores. At least we don’t have to kill our own meals (unless we want to).

10. A nagging mom. An overprotective dad. An annoying brother. A loud-mouth sister. At least you have a family to laugh at and with.

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