Bless the world that swirls outside these windows

It’s Thanksgiving here in the States today. Here’s a poem to celebrate. Thanksgiving by Linda McCarriston Every year we call it down upon ourselves, the chaos of the day before the occasion, the morning before the meal. Outdoors, the men cut wood, fueling appetite in the gray air, as Nana, Arlene, Mary, Robin—whatever women we [Read More...]

A Week of Thanksgiving – Thanksgiving as a Way of Life

The day after Thanksgiving means turkey sandwiches! But, here's a little secret. If you want to cheat, you can get the best turkey sandwich in the world almost any day at Schat's Bakery in Bishop, California. See the photo above for proof. (Photo from Yelp.)

Yesterday was Thanksgiving Day, a day set apart by the U.S. government so that Americans might express their thanks. I think it’s a fine thing that the United States (among other countries) sets apart a specific day for gratitude, even if this day is often more devoted to football and feasting than to actually giving [Read More...]

A Week of Thanksgiving: The Rewards of Gratitude, Part 2 – Communal Celebration

My daughter, Kara, sharing her thanks in the Irvine Presbyterian Church Thanksgiving Eve service.

Happy Thanksgiving! In today’s post, I continue to reflect on some of the rewards of gratitude. During my sixteen years as pastor of Irvine Presbyterian Church, one of my favorite events was our annual Thanksgiving Eve worship service. We gathered to sing songs of gratitude, to offer prayers of thanks, and to be reminded of [Read More...]

A Week of Thanksgiving: The Rewards of Gratitude, Part 1 – An Enlarged Heart

The e-card picture created by Grzegorz Łobiński for the EcardSphere project. http://www.flickr.com/photos/gregloby/3048994369/

If your doctor told you today that you had an enlarged heart, this would not be good news. Cardiomegaly, as it’s officially called, can lead to all sorts of problems, including congestive heart failure. So, when it comes to your physical heart, you do not want it to be any larger than it is already. [Read More...]


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