Rejoice in the Lord always -- advice from Saint Paul for Thanksgiving

Rejoice in the Lord always -- advice from Saint Paul for Thanksgiving

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let all men know your forbearance. The Lord is at hand. Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

-- Philippians 4:4-7

When a gunman can walk into a hospital and murder a doctor, a police officer and others -- and when this is far from the only murderous incident in a murderous year in Chicago -- Thanksgiving is going to feel like a strange sort of holiday.

But these verses of the Bible point out just how necessary it is to stop and give thanks, or to keep going and give thanks.

It's hard in days like these, but find some ways to rejoice.

If you can't be as joyful as usual, hang onto that word forbearance. Merriam-Webster defines forbearance as "refraining from the enforcement of something (such as a debt, right, or obligation) that is due." For example, if you didn't yell at your boss before you left work, you forbore from telling him off. If you don't misbehave around the Thanksgiving dinner table, you'll forbear from telling your relatives what they might deserve. 

If you need help restraining yourself, fellow word mavens, think of the fun of telling yourself you forbore from saying something that was due.

That seems so needed right now. Let's give thanks for the chance to try it out.




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  • Happy Thanksgiving, my friend.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    And also to you, my friend. I'm thankful for your wise comments here and your own wise posts.

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