Today I am setting aside the “sides” of conflict to simply reflect upon blessings and direct our attention toward a prayer for peace and deliberate pursuit of reconciliation.
A Turbulent Thanksgiving, A Gentle Reminder
We lived in a messed-up world. We see persecution, death, and suffering across the globe. There is great injustice and great pain. In many ways, this marks a horrible time in human history. But we always seem to be in that chapter…
Through it all, we can be part of the problem or part of the solution. I hope that each of us is part of the solution. I encourage those of faith to pray for peace and for all to work toward justice. No family should have to live in fear for their safety. No person should be persecuted for practicing their faith…or no faith at all. Even in a world full of turmoil, there is a great deal we can agree upon and a great deal we can learn from one another.
Rather than voice your opinion at the Thanksgiving table today, why not let others talk…and ask the same question three different ways and I bet you will find that even that nasty uncle or stupid cousin is searching for the same thing you are…truth. There is but one truth and sometimes we need to help one another see it. Sometimes that comes by listening and thereby letting someone reason through the contradictions in their own worldview.
On a personal note, I could go on a lengthy diatribe about what a horrible second half of the year it has been for me. After emerging from a series of bad years surrounding one of my businesses, things really seemed to be looking up. Then all sorts of calamities hit totally unrelated to business or finance. It has been a struggle lately. We are moving forward, but the process has been slow and painful.
We are spending this Thanksgiving in a rented house while our own house is still under repair. There’s much work to be done and the headwinds of life have been strong. But we are all well. We will all break bread together today. We are still here to push forward. And so how can I be anything but thankful?
From my family to yours and from all of us at Live And Let’s Fly, I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving and I urge you to count your blessings and use every day to seek truth, promote wisdom, and advance understanding.
“Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.” -2 Thessalonians 3:16