November 23, 2006
Giving Thanks and Giving to Others
This time of year we celebrate the bountiful gifts of the fall harvest
by gathering to share love, great food, conversation, and even a game of
football. It is a special time that we give thanks for all the many gifts
we receive – family, good health, abundant food, friends, jobs and
time together with loved ones. Our family has a Thanksgiving tradition of
expressing what we are thankful for while sitting down to our feast. We
also have a blank sheet placed across the table that we draw, write or
just sign our names in markers giving thanks. The sheet is a memento of
As many of you travel to visit loved ones or prepare for your upcoming
feast, I want to take a few moments to express my appreciation
to you, and wish you a happy Thanksgiving. I'm so grateful for your part
in receiving my monthly ezine gift. The purpose of the ezine is to
share my insight, stories, resources and offer tools that help guide you
on your journey through life. Often, I receive comments about how a particular
article increased someone's awareness, or how it inspired them to take the
next step. It brings me great joy to receive your feedback – thank
you so much.
In addition to being thankful for the opportunity to share my wisdom with
you, I am grateful for my creativity, the beautiful Colorado weather, a warm
place to live, and the support of my husband, family and friends. Every day,
I am grateful for just being alive, and the abundance in my life. Throughout
the year, not just at Thanksgiving, my usual mealtime prayer is: I am
thankful for all that I have, all that I give, and all that I receive. This
meal is blessed. This brings me to a very special story.
This story is about a couple in Boluxi, Mississippi that were so grateful for
the gift they received more than a year after hurricane Katrina. Recently, the
Kirk of Bonnie Brae UCC in Denver, Colorado organized a group to travel to
Boluxi to help rebuild the couple's home that was destroyed in the hurricane.
The home's shell was intact, but the interior was unlivable, and had to be
gutted. The displaced couple lived in a trailer, while the volunteers came to
reconstruct their home. The Kirk group was one of many groups from all over the
country that went to Boluxi. Even though the home was not finished during the
groups' stay, the couple was so grateful for the work that was done –
bringing them closer to moving back into their home. The generosity of this
group touches my heart deeply.
All over the world, people give freely gifts to loved ones, as well as, gifts
of time, food, materials, energy, expertise and money to help people in crisis.
With the holiday season fast approaching, please consider giving alternative,
thoughtful, heartfelt gifts that reach out to others in need. Why not give
presents this holiday season to honor your family and friends that also build
peace in our global village, and help protect our endangered planet. Alternative
gift giving will bring you great joy and satisfaction. It's easy, here's how!
Visit the Alternative Gifts International website, and read about the
nonprofit agencies that support people in need. Select a group of interest to you that
you'd like to support – give as little or as much as you'd like in honor of your
family and friends. In doing this, you will help empower people in crisis, and help
protect our planet. I thank you in advance for giving from your heart alternatively
this holiday season.
Again, I appreciate you, and I am thankful for all that I have, all that I give,
and all that I receive. I am blessed.
Belen Carmichael, NLC
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the Women's Soup Night.
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