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Americans celebrate Thanksgiving Day tomorrow. For my Irish friends, George Washington declared Thanksgiving an official holiday in 1789 at the end of the Revolutionary War. Traditionally, it is celebrated on the 4th Thursday in November with a big turkey dinner. Originally, too, it was celebrated in a religious and harvest context. Today?

"Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God?” (Lk 17:18)

Any feast of Thanksgiving should include God who has so often healed us. We should pause and remember all those whom God has given us as companions in faith. Especially this year, we remember those who have suffered as a result of political upheaval.

So, tomorrow, I join in singing 'Halleluia' with my LJ friends who show me God's face in so many ways.
We should also thank God tomorrow for allowing us to play a small role in the healing of others, such as broken families, shattered marriages, lonely teenagers, desperate older people and the mentally ill, to name just a few. They have all been given to us as gifts. Most of the time the only thing we had to give others was time itself, and to our surprise, that was more than enough.


Absolutely- all people are given to us as gifts and LJ proves how little time it takes to give so much.
How true - especially coming up to Christmas.
Well said, thank you!
Thank you for your wishes

many of our churches, especially the protestant variety, have services on Thanksgiving

we are beginning to have a commercial revolt
after several years of being open on Thursday, which meant employees didn't have a Thanksgiving with their family, some stores and Malls are closing on Thursday
All days are days of Thanksgiving for friends and our abilities to help each other. *hugs*

- Erulisse (one L)
Amen to that!
Thank you, and Happy Thanksgiving to you as well.