Thanks All Around

24 11 2010
The First Thanksgiving, painted by Jean Leon G...

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This Thanksgiving, you may or may not be looking for some new things for which to be thankful around your table. Whichever the case, allow me to suggest that we can be thankful:

  • That nature is resilient. With all of the scary things we’ve done to it over the centuries, nature still filters our water, produces our oxygen, and takes our breath away with beautiful sights.
  • That we’ve come a long way. Since the beginning of the environmental movement, we’ve risen to the challenges of learning to recycle, slowing ozone loss, and conserving shrinking habitats. Things could be a lot worse, and there is reason to hope that they can get even better.
  • That God provides. No matter what your situation in life, the natural world can and does sustain you and comfort you, giving both literal and figurative nourishment.

And lastly . . .

  • That you’re not a pilgrim. Life was super hard back then, and even in dire circumstances, at least we don’t have to contend with wolves and angry natives as we prepare our harvest feast.

Enjoy the earth’s bounty this Thanksgiving!

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