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Thanksgiving: A Festival of Gratitude, Unity, and Sharing

The season of thanksgiving sees the gathering of families and communities to celebrate harvest, a metaphorical representation of the gift of blessing and abundance that is bestowed upon humanity yearly. This special festival is about the gift of providence, the blessing of community and the embracing of values of gratitude, hope, and unity.

“Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse.” 
Henry van Dyke an American author, educator, diplomat, and Presbyterian clergyman.

As we count our blessings, we are reminded of the abundance in our lives. From the food on our tables to the roof over our heads, Thanksgiving serves as a reminder of how fortunate we are. But this festival is not just about counting blessings; it is about sharing them too.

“Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer.” Maya Angelou, an American memoirist, poet, and civil rights activist. 

In the spirit of togetherness, reaching out to those in need, showing empathy and giving forward as a community is the spirit of sharing. Whether it be donating to food drives, volunteering our time, or lending a helping hand, Thanksgiving is a time when generosity and compassion flourish. It is through these acts of giving that we reinforce the bonds that hold society together.

Thanksgiving is also a time for connection, as families and friends come together to share a meal and create memories. Laughter fills the air, stories are shared, and love is felt all around. It is a time to put aside differences, reminding ourselves of the power of unity.

In a world that can often feel divided, Thanksgiving is a reminder of our shared humanity and interconnectedness. Compassion, kindness, and gratitude is like light that dispels hate, biases, and division bringing people closer in fellowship.

This Thanksgiving, let us embrace the values of gratitude, hope, and unity. Count our blessings and share a piece of our heart with those in need. As a community, let’s remember to thank Mother Nature for the abundance of harvest and in gratitude rejoice for the gift of family and community in our lives.

“Thanksgiving Day is a good day to recommit our energies to giving thanks and just giving.”
Amy Grant, American singer-songwriter, and musician 

May this Thanksgiving be a time of connection, love, unity, peace, and joy to all. 

Happy Thanksgiving!

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