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|Thoughts on Thanksgiving||11/22/2007|
Recently, I celebrated my 64th birthday. Betty's birthday is on Thanksgiving Day this year. To think that I have spent nearly 45 years married to this wonderful, beautiful person fills my heart with indescribable gratitude. Only a great and loving God could grant human beings the opportunity to experience meaningful relationships filled with undeniable expressions of love. I am thankful not only for the health we enjoy, but for the privilege I have been granted to share with others the hope for improving their health, both spiritually and physically.
One of the reasons Betty and I enjoy life so much is the fact we enjoy sharing it with others. Meaningful life is experienced fully when we share it freely. I am so thankful for our three children, their spouses and our 11 grandchildren. To see your own children love God, love one another and set an example before their children--revealing a legacy of life continually before your very eyes--is something everyone desires, although sadly few experience. Our challenges, however, can be met with faith, determination and encouragement and victories can be won.
We cannot avoid life's challenging circumstances, but the obstacles can be overcome. Climbing every mountain is a very real possibility and pursuit. Too many passive people fold in the face of challenge rather than fight on and continue climbing. Why don't you begin giving gratitude for the opportunity to more effectively face life's challenges, determined to help others face their obstacles?
While we are giving thanks for the freedom we enjoy, we must remember our dedicated service men and women. While we enjoy family, fellowship and food, many of our troops deployed overseas are risking life and limb to protect the privileges and freedoms we enjoy. The painful losses of sons and daughters on the battlefield impose an heavy weight on those here at home. As you give thanks, ask your family members to join in prayers for comfort and peace on the part of those whose loved ones serve overseas.
I am so thankful to be an American, to have faith and a personal relationship with a living God and to witness the positive effects of freedom and faith in the lives of others. I am thankful for the friendship and prayerful support of all who believe in the outreaches of LIFE. We believe the viewers of LIFE Today television are a part of our extended family. We prayerfully wish all of you a meaningful and hope-filled Thanksgiving. May the peace of God prevail in your relationships and activities.
Author: James Robison
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About the author: James Robison is the founder and president of LIFE Outreach International, a Christian media ministry and mission relief organization. He and his wife, Betty, host of the television program Life Today; He has authored numerous books, including The Absolutes: Freedom's Only Hope and True Prosperity.
Media Contact: Randy Robison, editor at jamesrobison.net
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