Miller: Gift of compassion

Dec 17, 2018 by

Aimee Smucker noticed the little dog as she left a Sarasota, Fla., drugstore. The animal lover couldn’t just walk by, so she reached down to pet the Yorkie attached to a leash held by an older man. She...

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Waiting for Advent

Nov 28, 2018 by

I’ve discovered there are two kinds of people in the world, and it’s one of the deep social divides polarizing the world. On the one hand are the people who put up Christmas trees and decorations on Nov....

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Some other ways to talk about Indians this Thanksgiving

Nov 19, 2018 by

Thanksgiving is almost upon us. How do you talk about it with your children? Many of us learned a story about Pilgrims and Indians sharing a happy meal of New World foods — turkey and cranberries and...

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Powell: Too stressed to be blessed?

Nov 19, 2018 by

In a few days we’ll observe Thanksgiving. We will pause to thank our Creator for the blessings we have received. But some of us may ask: How can we give thanks in the midst of animosity? In the United...

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Pounding plowshares into swords

Nov 22, 2017 by

Imagine with me — it’s a beautiful Thursday afternoon. The leaves are fallen; the air is cool and crisp. Families everywhere have gathered together for their annual Thanksgiving celebrations. Suddenly, out...

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Bible: Yes, worship does something

Nov 6, 2017 by

Afriend once waxed poetic about the peace he experienced when receiving the communion wafer in the Cath­olic mass. Since I had been reared on a diet of just-a-symbol cracker breads and grape juice cuplets, I...

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5 steps toward drama-free holidays

Nov 22, 2016 by

So, it’s finally here. The holidays are upon us, and there’s no turning back, and no avoiding them. I don’t know about you, but while I’m looking forward to the holidays, and while I want to be able to...

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Give thanks for faith

Nov 21, 2016 by

Thanksgiving is known for many things: crisp-skinned roasted turkeys, autumn leaves, family gatherings. It is a time to reunite and give thanks for what God has given, reflecting on harvest as winter’s chill...

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Giving thanks in an anxious world

Nov 23, 2015 by

I came across some Thanksgiving statistics: Eighty-eight percent of Americans eat turkey on Thanksgiving Day. An individual might consume an average of 4,500 calories at Thanks­­giving dinner....

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Refuting false doctrine during Thanksgiving season

Nov 23, 2015 by and

Thanksgiving’s roots in an encounter between European settlers and indigenous people point to a dark side of that history. Mennonites who want to raise awareness of unjust treatment of indigenous people are...

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Give not just thanks

Nov 23, 2015 by

As leaves fall and frozen turkeys thaw, the Thanksgiving season offers a chance to pause for a few days and reflect on the previous year’s goodness. Some may be giving thanks for another season of harvest...

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Why don’t churches thank us when we give them money?

Sep 11, 2015 by

Churches survive because people give them money. Sure, that’s a simplification, but I stand by it. And I think the church needs to say “thank you” more. Lots of other charities rely on donations...

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Say five things you’re thankful for

Jun 11, 2015 by

I began a ritual with my boys. It was one of those attempts to draw us closer to each other, to remind us of what matters, to cultivate a way of thinking about and being in the world. Each night, after...

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The Light of Christ at our messy tables

Nov 26, 2014 by

As I jostle the lighter into place above the already burnt, saggy vanilla candle that adorns the center of our dining table, next to a stack of mail, a half-dozen decorative gourds, and my breast pump, I ask...

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A Thanksgiving liturgy for 2014

Nov 25, 2014 by

American Thanksgiving is this week. People are zipping across the country to spend the day together with family and friends. This is the holiday that I have most relished adopting since I have lived in the...

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Forget Black Friday

Nov 24, 2014 by

Each year the consumer extravaganza that is Black Friday fills the news — and bleeds more deeply into Thanksgiving. Stores compete to be the first to open. RadioShack plans to start doing business at 8 a.m....

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