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Upbeat Spiritual Living: Thankfulness and Thanksgiving

November 19, 2017

© 2017 Kebba Buckley Button.  World Rights Reserved.  A version of this article appeared in November 2016.

This Thursday will be Thanksgiving Day, and my heart is filled with waves of thankfulness. Generous hearts have woven massive good on this Planet, and from time to time, we can see that goodness coming to clear fruition.  In the US, on Thanksgiving Day, we think of how little our forefathers arrived with, and how grateful we are for our blessings.  Whatever you don’t have or do have in this life, I hope you will celebrate the Good this week.  Sometimes the Good seems so ordinary that we may not notice it.

This weekend, my husband and many other Phoenix Shriners (http://www.shrinersinternational.org/ ) traveled north to Winslow, Arizona, in Navajo County, for that town’s annual parade and festival.  Yes, this is the Winslow that the Eagles sang about, and the corner where they stood now has a statue of a musician with a guitar.  You can have your picture taken with it.  The Shriners, whose mission is helping burned and crippled children in Shrine hospitals (www.ShrinersHospitalsForChildren.org ), at no charge, have a number of units that perform in Arizona parades about 15 times a year.  There are clown teams, a motorcycle unit, a tiny-car unit, a unit with a motorized trolley car, a unit with a massive vintage Cadillac convertible (“The Greeters”), and when the camels are in the mood, a camel unit.  Camels can be cranky.

So, many men wearing burgundy fez hats flood into Winslow annually, just before Thanksgiving.  So do many tribal members from the Navajo and Hopi Nations, doing holiday shopping while in town.  Shriners can be seen fist-bumping and palm-sliding with many of the children.  Moms bring their kids forward to touch the hands of a Shriner. A woman told the Shriners that their surgery and treatments had made it possible for her to teach, to stand in front of a blackboard and write.

Last year, a man ran up and hugged my husband!  The man raised his shirt to show a giant scar up his spine.  He said the Shriners’ hospitals had given him treatments that allowed him to walk and have a normal life.  He seemed to wear the scar with pride, and with wonder at the generosity of these kind men.  The Good Guys were in town.  The guys that transported the kids to be patients.  The guys that transported the families to be with the kids so they would heal faster.  The guys that have schools in their hospitals.  The guys who covered all the costs.  People surrounded them in a surging field of thankfulness and love.

1 Chronicles 16:34 reminds us:

Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; his love endures forever.

As we think about all that has happened in our lives this year, let’s focus on the Good and the generosity, the blessings, and all the small and large heartwarming moments we’ve had. Sometimes God’s love comes as a man wearing a funny burgundy fez hat.  As we look for the Good, we are grateful, and more and more Good will show up.  Because God’s love is endless.

And that’s Upbeat Spiritual Livingsm.  Happy Thanksgiving!

 

Next time: Removing Stress from Your Holidays

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  • Kebba Buckley Button is an ordained minister whose passion is helping people find their Peace Within. She is also a stress management expert with a natural healing practice.. She is the author of the award-winning book, Discover The Secret Energized You, available on Amazon, plus Sacred Meditation: Embracing the Divine, available through her office.  Her newest book is Inspirations for Peace Within: Quotes and Images to Uplift and Inspire.  It is available on Amazon in full-color glossy format.  For the full-color PDF versions, contact the office.
  • For an appointment or to ask Kebba to speak for your group: calendar@kebba.com .
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