Giving thanks for the mundane

I was going to write something about Thanksgiving, but this post by Matthew Lee Anderson of Mere Orthodoxy is better than anything I would have written. Tomorrow, we will give thanks for the many blessings in our lives by indulging ourselves with food, family and football. And in doing so, we ... Continue reading

A season of thanksgiving

When you arrive in the land I am giving you and you harvest your first crops, bring the priest some grain from the first portion of your grain harvest. On the first day after the Sabbath, the priest will lift it up before the Lord so it may be accepted on your behalf. ... This is a permanent law for ... Continue reading

Maryland renames Thanksgiving ‘Lucky Thursday’

(2004-11-24) — Faced with the constititional prohibition against teaching about the Christian origins of Thanksgiving in public schools, the Maryland State Department of Education has rewritten its curriculum, and renamed the holiday 'Lucky Thursday'. Scott Ott of ScrappleFace with his usual ... Continue reading

Thanksgiving and gratitude

It happened that as he made his way toward Jerusalem, he crossed over the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he entered a village, ten men, all lepers, met him. They kept their distance but raised their voices, calling out, "Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!" Taking a good look at them, he said, ... Continue reading

In gratitude for Swallowtails

Some time ago someone brought me a large, green caterpillar on an ash leaf. I raised the caterpillar until it pupated, and then I kept the chrysalis until this butterfly emerged from it. People that know about these things call this a Three-tailed Swallowtail (Papilio pilumnus). Those of you who ... Continue reading