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The most beautiful season of the year for me is fall. What time of year is your favorite season? When I gaze upon the mountains, the beauty of the foliage and radiant colors reminds me that the year is coming to a close and the Thanksgiving holiday is near. In the Book of Psalms, it says, “when you look at the universe through a telescope you discover that God is the great designer.”

As we celebrate the beauty of another season, let’s be thankful for God’s artful creation. Thanksgiving is a special time we celebrate with family and friends. This national holiday began as a “day of giving thanks and sacrifice for the blessing of the harvest of the preceding year.” Even with all the additional chaos 2021 has presented us with, there is still so much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.

We could even argue that one of the greatest gifts this challenging year has given us is a new perspective on the things we have been taking for granted all this time. The pandemic has made us more aware of the importance of the simplest of things.  And while many are still struggling this Thanksgiving, I hope you can take a moment and express some gratitude for the positive events of the year and the lessons learned that 2021 has brought us all.

If you are in the mood for spreading an abundance of gratitude, consider sending out Thanksgiving cards to your family and friends. Sending greeting cards is a terrific way to relieve stress and anxiety that you might be having and it brings joy to others.

Thanksgiving can be expressed in many ways. “The more you practice the art of thankfulness, the more you have to be thankful for” or “Thanksgiving is a joyous invitation to shower the world with love and gratitude.” No matter how you choose to celebrate Thanksgiving and express your gratitude, never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but rather to live by them and make your blessings count each day.

God’s wonderful creation is worth celebrating because we can all rejoice and be thankful for the beauty of the season. So Never Give Up! Never Give Up! Never Give Up!

By Chaplain Ghosten