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From October Newsletter:

All world religions stress the importance of gratitude. In Judaism, prayers of gratefulness are an essential part of worship. Orthodox Jews recite these prayers 100 times a day. The Koran states that the grateful will be given more. Muslim believers are encouraged to give thanks five times a day. Hindu and Buddhist traditions also emphasize giving thanks.

June Strubinger’s beautiful Thanksgiving banner includes a few of the words from the Christian scriptures - these words are written by Paul in his final remarks to the people of Thessalonica - “In everything. . .give thanks” 

In his letter to the Thessalonians Paul writes:

Be at peace among yourselves, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with all of them. See that none of you repays evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to all.  Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; hold fast to what is good; And may the God of peace be with you.

Once again our Family of Faith, during the month of November, will have the opportunity to express gratitude with our ThanksGIVING TREE in Fellowship Hall. I look forward to seeing your words.

The writer Melodie Beattie has written:

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion to clarity. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.”

 

                          With Love

                                    John