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Nov 24, 2008
Giving Thanks in Hard Times

In the Bleak Mid-Winter,
Frosty wind made moan
Earth stool hard as iron
Water like a stone…

It is that wonderful time of year when the earth takes a break and rests. The leaves are down, the harvest is in, the ground and water are frozen (at least around here). And the earth and some of the workers are likely to moan as they wonder about their lives here in the “mid-winter”.

They say the economy is in the winter slump too. Many think that Black Friday will only be grey Friday. Some are hoping for more.

Perhaps it is good that we experience these roller coaster rides with our economy. We tend to get focused on the “material” and leave the spiritual behind us. Perhaps when the economy starts to falter we all are brought up short on what is really important in life.

I understand being unemployed. I went through a time like that right after college. Four years of work and no one would hire me. As month turned into months I took any job I could, anywhere I could. I understand the moan of despair, at least a little.

But I also remember finding a sustaining faith in those days. Having nothing I had nothing to lose trusting God for everything. I found I always had what I needed and did not want for anything. I found a job and soon the pain was forgotten.

This Thanksgiving, I am giving thanks for many things; most of all for life, for life eternal given as a gift to those who don’t deserve it, and for wonderful people like my wife and children who make life so wonderful.