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October 7, 2012

Question:  What are you most thankful for?

Thankfulness is closely related to gratitude, having a heart full for the blessings  one has received. When people say that they feel “very blessed” they are giving thanks. They mean they are grateful for gifts received, gifts for which they were perhaps undeserving. Grace/bounty/generosity are just some of the many names and attributes of God. To show that God is supreme in these attributes, we could say that God is “the most gracious,” “the all bountiful,” “the most generous.” 

I am grateful for our Creator without whom nothing would exist. Think about the wonder of the universe and the gift of nature. Look up on a  starry night and marvel. The new physics tells us that the universe—or universes—are infinite. No matter how much more the new physics may discover about the origin of creation, whether “the big-bang” theory is replaced by “the big bounce” or any other theories scientists may devise, we will never get to the bottom of it. The universe is an inscrutable mystery of God, and will remain so forever. I am thankful for creation itself. It is the marvel of created marvels. 

What about mother nature? Did we create her? What did we do to merit her beauties and bounties: the warming sun, the radiant moon, the infinite panoply of stars, the vast, surging oceans, the towering mountains, the land masses in all their infinite variety? These are all things to be thankful for. I am thankful for the parents who gave me birth and reared me, the same ones who gave me a thought of God early on in my life, who taught me prayers and reverence in childhood, who exemplified the meaning of love and integrity, and who taught me that life, in the vision of God, has meaning and purpose. Most of all, I am thankful for the Bahá’í Revelation, a superb religion that coherently explains the connections and commonalities among the prophets and the great world faiths, one that helps us to understand the crises of our age, and that offers a coherent plan for the pacification and unification of humanity. Much to be thankful for. 
-  Jack McLean

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