Eldon Peterson


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With Thanksgiving in the rearview mirror, we will naturally look forward to Christmas. There is nothing wrong with this; in fact, this Sunday Christian churches enter the Advent Season that calls us to look forward to the celebration of Christ’s birth. But before we forget Thanksgiving, I would like us to consider what it means to be thankful.

One definition of thankful says “thankful is someone feeling or showing gratitude. When you are pleased and grateful for what you have, this is an example of a time when you are thankful.” We’re likely to agree with this informal definition; yet this definition of thankfulness is lacking.

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