Thanksgiving

Posted by Kendall Harmon

People in the early twenty-first century seem to struggle to be thankful. One moving story on this topic concerns a seminary student in Evanston, Illinois, who was part of a life-saving squad. On September 8, 1860, a ship called the Lady Elgin went aground on the shore of Lake Michigan near Evanston, and Edward Spencer waded again and again into the frigid waters to rescue 17 passengers. In the process, his health was permanently damaged. Some years later he died in California at the age of 81. In a newspaper notice of his death, it was said that not one of the people he rescued ever thanked him.

Today is a day in which we are to be reminded of our creatureliness, our frailty, and our dependence. One of the clearest ways we may express this is to seek to give thanks in all circumstances (Philippians 4:6).

I am sure today you can find much for which to give thanks: the gift of life, the gift of faith, the joy of friends and family, all those serving in the mission field extending the reach of the gospel around the world, and so much else. I also invite you to consider taking a moment at some point today to write a note of thanksgiving to someone who really made a difference in your life: possibly a teacher, a coach, a mentor, a minister or a parent. You might even write to the parish secretary, the sexton, or the music minister in the parish where you worship; they work very hard behind the scenes.

The Rev. Canon Dr. Kendall S. Harmon is the convenor of this blog and takes this opportunity to give thanks for all blog readers and participants and to wish everyone a blessed Thanksgiving

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Posted November 25, 2010 at 9:41 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]



1. Sick & Tired of Nuance wrote:

Luke 17:11-19 (New International Version)

Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”

When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed.

One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan.

Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine?  Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?”  Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”

November 25, 11:23 am | [comment link]
2. Chris Taylor wrote:

Thank YOU Kendall+!  May the Lord continue to bless you and your family richly.  All blessings!

November 25, 1:04 pm | [comment link]
3. Pageantmaster [Katie bought Welby] wrote:

A happy Thanksgiving Canon Harmon and T19’ers, and I give thanks for this weblog.

November 25, 3:24 pm | [comment link]
4. Bookworm(God keep Snarkster) wrote:

I give thanks for God and His gifts(starting with His precious son), life, a roof over my head and food on my table, my family and friends, my church, and all my fellow bloggers!!  Not to mention, thanks to Dr. Harmon for the example he sets, in candor, scholarship, kindness, decency, and devotion. 

All blessings—Bookworm

November 25, 9:43 pm | [comment link]
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