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Religious Reflections

Thanks-'giving'

by Donna Homer

Thanksgiving time reminds us every year to be grateful. WE all have a lot to be grateful for and the more we feel thankful the more thankful we become. It has a blossoming effect.

I like to think of the word Thanksgiving in two parts-the first part is "thanks" and the second part is "giving." When we are thankful it results in giving.

In Science & Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy says, "Gratitude is much more than a verbal expression of thanks. Action expresses more gratitude than speech....What we most need is the prayer of fervent desire for growth in grace, expressed in patience, meekness, love and good deeds."

So, good deeds are the result of us wanting to share the good we have with others. Thus, thanks results in giving or sharing.

Many of us invite someone we know who lives alone or is less fortunate to have Thanksgiving dinner with us. Other times of the year we take someone without a car grocery shopping with us, etc. These are all good deeds and they not only help others, it helps us to express neighborliness and kindness.

The Bible says, "Love thy neighbor as thyself." If we embrace this command every day and not just on a special holiday we will indeed be expressing love and meekness and this will surely spread to others, so we may be a nation of peacemakers fulfilling the Bible prophecy of "beating our swords into plowshares and our spears into pruning hooks."

The First Church of Christ Scientist (1405 Federal Way in Sunnyside) invites the community to a Thanksgiving service on Thanksgiving Day at 11 a.m. The last half of the service will be open for people to give thanks for the good they have received.

Donna Homer is a member of First Church of Christ Scientist.

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