You kept Thanksgiving from being overshadowed by Black Friday – gratitude and family ties triumphed over excess consumerism. Then you cherished the deeper meaning of Christmas and kept the Christmas spirit alive. Love, peace, and charity became the best gifts to give and receive.Continue Reading
by Don Ingwerson
This is one of the best weeks of the year on my calendar, as Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. It’s a time to gather family together and slow down, to step away from life’s busy-ness and immerse myself in the love of family, country, and God.
But wait a minute. Who put Black Friday there?Continue Reading
Are there benefits from paying attention to God’s goodness? My colleague Eric Nelson writing for the November 23, 2015, Communities Digital News shares his thoughts on gratitude.
It was a moment that literally stopped me in my tracks.
As I was walking through San Diego’s Balboa Park – the Spreckels organ pavilion to my back, the Museum of Art to my front – I found myself suddenly, inexplicably, overcome with the most amazing rush of gratitude.Continue Reading
A guest post written by B. B. Prest from San Diego, California.
Ready for that turkey dinner this year? And what about giving thanks – will that be on the menu? For many of us it will be. But for others, it may not.Continue Reading
by Don Ingwerson
Thanksgiving comes just once a year – and there have been many blogs and articles lately on the importance of gratitude for societal and personal health. But it’s important to look for opportunities to give thanks to God throughout the year. So I’m sharing an audio of Julie Ward showing how important it is to be grateful to God and recognizing God as the source of all good.Continue Reading
Health is a major topic of discussion for my Southern California readers and my colleague from New Jersey, Valerie Minard, explores how gratitude can make an impact on ones health. Continue Reading
by Don Ingwerson
Thanksgiving is almost here and Christmas has already made it onto the stores’ shelves. For some this means extra stress and pressure to create that perfect holiday experience. How do we avoid past holiday mistakes and create a healthy and happy holiday?Continue Reading
Did you know that Thanksgiving Day in Canada has been a holiday on the second Monday of October since 1957? It is a chance for people to give thanks for a good harvest and other fortunes in the past year. My colleague Wendy Margolese writes on this topic of how expressing gratitude can lead to better health.Continue Reading
A gratitude-based approach to healthcare has its rewards and my colleague Eric Nelson experienced the benefits it brings when he was trekking through the Himalayan Mountains. Even though the mountains in Southern California aren’t nearly as rigorous, Eric’s message is just as pertinent. I’m sharing an excerpt, and there’s a link below to the full article.
As far as I know, my wife and I had already purchased our tickets to Nepal before grasping entirely what we’d committed to: an 18-day trek through the Himalayas including an ascent up Thorung La – at 5416 meters (17,769 feet), one of the world’s highest mountain passes.
Sure, we had experience hiking to the top of some pretty big hills. But even our one-day trot to the top of California’s Mt. Whitney – the tallest peak in the Lower 48 – couldn’t compare to what was in store for us.
The first few days of the trek were just about as carefree as they come as our small group of adventurers (7 clients, 7 porters, and 2 guides) slowly but surely made our way through the balmy jungles, alpine forests, and hillside rice paddies of the Marsyangdi River valley. However, the closer we came to Thorung La, the more aware I was of the potential health risks involved with high altitude trekking.
To read the rest of the Eric’s article originally titled “Giving Thanks Lifts Mind and Body Over Himalayan Pass” click on this link for Communities @ WashingtonTimes.com.
You can also find him at www.norcalcs.org.
A guest post written by Diana Colarossi from San Juan Capistrano, California.
Is Thanksgiving, a day, a holiday, or a state of mind? Does it matter if we celebrate Thanksgiving among friends, family, or alone?
Thanksgiving isn’t a day. It’s a state of mind giving gratitude to God. Thanks to God shouldn’t be confined to one special day of the year. Nor is it a time that must be spent with people, for joy can also be found in the quiet solitude of God’s presence.
Gratitude isn’t for what we had or have in human things, but to and for the provider of these things, God. God, in the goodness of His love, provides spiritually every idea, and the fruition of it. Therefore, while we are being grateful for the appearance of good in our lives, and this is important, the real denominator is the presence of God. Because God’s presence is universal, we can all be grateful.
Today, and everyday, let every heart unify in gratitude for not only everything we see here on earth that is good, waves in the ocean, blue sky and sun, for smiles from vibrant flowers, glorious creatures of God, for the very basic love of existence, and every perfect thought, but also for the cause and source of this goodness, God. Mary Baker Eddy, a nineteenth century Bible scholar, states these memorable words, “Gratitude and love should abide in every heart each day of all the years.”
This Thanksgiving isn’t a day; it’s a thankful heart, which is full every moment. Come let’s celebrate a day of thanks for His presence!
Article previously published November 22, 2012.