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A Meaningful Thanksgiving

We are all familiar with the story of the first Thansgiving with Squanto (also known as Tisquantum - meaning "rage of the Manitou") and the Pilgrims. It is fun to envision and act out different scenarios with big silver belts, tall hats, and feathers. But it is truly impossible for any of us to imagine just how grateful they were for a bountiful harvest and a warm hearth, because these are things that most of us take for granted.

Today, Thanksgiving Day, like many other holidays, has changed its meaning in mainstream.

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Do you believe that love is the most powerful force upon the earth?  Do you believe that love conqueres all?  What is the meaning of love? The Wikipedia tells us that love is an emotion of strong affection and personal attachment.  

There are many different ways to interperet love.  The love of a spouse, the love of parents, the love of a friend, the love of oneself.  Probably the hardest of these is to love thyself.  Remember in the New Testament when Jesus says, "Love your neighbor as yourself"?  Interestingly, he doesn't say love your neighbor more than yourself.  If we want to truly share our love with the world we must first love ourselves. 

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Think in Terms of One Day's Resolutions Not One Year's

The start of a new year always brings about: soul searching, reaching, climbing, and thoughts of changing the way we did things last year. It also brings: hope, expectation, optimism, and possibility.

As we begin filling in our crisp and clean calendars we are all wishing at some level for change. This is the way the Great God of Heaven created us, so we would, "Go forth and prosper." Thomas A. Edison tells us, "If we did all of the things we are capable of doing we would astound ourselves." And Jesus himself tells us, with the faith the size of a tiny, tiny mustard seed we can tell a huge and enormous mountain to throw itself into the sea and it shall be done.

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The True Meaning of Christmas

This Christmas you may hear these words dozens and dozens of times, but have you ever stopped to dwell on their meanings?  Some may say, "What does peace have to do with Christmas?  It's the busiest time of the year."  Look at the meaning for giving.  Are the gifts you are giving this season coming from a heart of kindness that wants to give?  Or do you feel you must give because it is expected?

Since i was a child, I have loved A Charlie Brown Christmas.  The beginning of this show sets the stage of how disappointed Charlie Brown is with the commercialization of Christmas - even his dog has gone glitzy.  When I was younger, the part that got to me the most was the poor little tree, chosen by Charlie himself.  It seemed so sad and forgotten.  The tinkling sound heard while its needles dwindled off made me feel time was of the essence.  I think Charlie Brown has the same feeling, when he says, "It needs me."

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