On the first Thanksgiving the settlers who had endured so much, but triumphantly survived, and even had a harvest (with much help from their neighbors, the Native Americans), gave thanks with a communal meal.
We give thanks when we are grateful—when we feel blessed.
A person does not need to be religious, even spiritual to feel blessed, as most blessings we receive come from or through the actions and gifts of other people.
The Pilgrims were blessed by the Native Americans. That the settlers felt grateful to their neighbors is clearly seen by their communal meal of Thanksgiving. No doubt the Pilgrims gave thanks to their God for the help of the native Americans.
|This year, many Americans are a new kind of settler, “the displaced”. These Americans are far from their former homes not by choice but due to disasters, such as hurricane Sandy or by economic difficulties caused by economic conditions largely brought on by a handful of banks (not all banks!) through fraudulent or at least immoral acts.
We always can choose whether or not we will be a blessing to others, our neighbors on this earth by sharing what we have, our financial prosperity, our knowledge, or our encouragement and care We get to choose whether we will be grateful or feel entitled to what we have—and even what we do not have (or really need).
In the Bible, the Hebrew word “Ashrey” ( ), is sometimes translated as blessed, and in another variation, to be called happy. This is found in Genesis 30:13, Psalms 41:2 and 72:17, Malachi 3:12 and also Proverbs 31:28.
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|Woman of Valor Rosebud By Judy Rey Wasserman Strokes: Deuteronomy Chapter 6 See a larger image at the Art of Seeing The Divine Shop||My favorite is the one from Proverbs, which is also from verses 31:10-31, known as the “Woman of Valor”. The KJV Bible version of Proverbs 31:28 says. Her children rise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.” The word “blessed” here also means happy, the kind of happy that comes from gratitude.
This year as we gather with our loved ones, friends and communities, let us decide to focus for the next year of being grateful and enjoy the happiness that comes from that thankfulness. And let us also decide to be a blessing to others in need.
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