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   Happy Thanksgiving to each and everyone of you. May God richly bless you with His Love, Peace and Joy. Let’s face it, this has been a very difficult year with the Coronavirus rearing its ugly head and causing so much heartache, grief, frustration, anger, isolation and a whole range of emotions. It can be difficult to be grateful when our world has turned upside down this year.

   Perhaps family gatherings for Thanksgiving are much smaller or perhaps not at all. It is difficult to be isolated from our loved ones. We are people that deeply desire to be in community with our families and our Church families. We were made to be in relationships

   Our first and most important relationship is with Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. If everything flows from my relationship with Jesus and His Church, then it is much easier to accept the things that I cannot change. It is easier for me to be grateful when I know Jesus is with me regardless of the world situation. 

   To combat discouragement, I make an effort to list what I am grateful for: My family far and near, my friends, a warm home, enough to eat, my four-legged family members, my health, being able to receive Jesus in the Eucharist, participating in Mass in person or by Live Stream.

   When I sense discouragement trying to get a foothold in my heart, I even lighten it up a little more, by being thankful for a hot cup of coffee, chocolate, ice cream, a nice warm shower and of course applesauce muffins. It’s the little things that make me happy. I’ll pray and leave the big things to God to take care of this day while I am enjoying my coffee and applesauce muffin.

   I encourage you to pray the Serenity prayer and begin to make your own gratitude list. Remember: “No storm can shake my inmost calm, while to that Rock I’m clinging. Since Christ is Lord of heaven and earth, how can I keep from singing?”

Let us pray:

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference. Living one day at a time; enjoying one moment at a time; accepting hardships as the pathway to peace; taking, as He (Jesus) did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it; trusting that He will make all things right if I surrender to His Will; that I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with Him forever in the next. 

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Camilla Clark | Reply 26.11.2020 15:47

Yes -- Thanksgiving --to be thankful for all given to us -- count our blessings and make lemonade out of lemons.

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21.06 | 13:10

So true.

28.02 | 07:56

Yes -- be quiet and listen.

14.02 | 12:50

Well said

13.02 | 19:05

Not so easy.

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