I just wanted to wish everyone a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday. Though this is not a Church holiday, I think it is a good meeting point between Christianity and secular society where we can both acknowledge all the good in our lives, that it is not and cannot ever be overcome by the bad, and that all good things are a gift and a responsibility. We must never take for granted all that is positive in our lives, not only because it can go away but because we did not earn it; the good is not a reward, but a gift, one we must cherish, defend, and share with all the world, with the joy that graciousness and humility bring. So long as there is good in this world, it is worth fighting for, no matter how small or fragile.
Also, I would ask everyone to pray for the repose of the soul of my great-grandmother, June, who passed away earlier this year. Today was the first Thanksgiving I can remember without her; it was sorrowful, yet the joy of the day helped to keep alive the good memories of Thanksgiving I had with her. Since I have been doing a lot of cooking lately, I cooked our Thanksgiving meal, which was a very fun, if nervous!, experience for me, and I'm thrilled that everything came out perfectly. I was surprised, honestly, at how well it all came out, and I plan to post pictures of it all later.
I pray for every one of you and I truly hope that everyone here will have a joyous and peaceful Thanksgiving. God bless.