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- •Laurie DeMott tells of a student who asked her, “[…] what good is God?” She quickly replied, “What good are your parents?” That question threw the student a little off balance, so the student said, “What do you mean?” DeMott then replied, “Your parents have hopes for you and dreams for you and they work to help you develop into a person who is capable of fulfilling those dreams — dreams of goodness, happiness and peace. That doesn’t mean that they have pre-determined your path or know exactly every decision you will make. “That doesn’t mean that they can keep you from all harm and ensure that your life will be carefree and successful. It does mean, however, that they love you deeply and continually no matter what, and that that constant unfailing love can shape you. It will help you to mature, strengthen your values, and encourage the best in you so that you will become capable of creating a world of peace and beauty around you. That’s what God does. God shows us the vision of what we can be; what our world can be; and then loves us into being.”...
- Back during the dark days of 1929, a group of ministers in the Northeast, all graduates of the Boston School of Theology, gathered to discuss how they should conduct their Thanksgiving Sunday services. Things were about as bad as they could get, with no sign of relief. The bread lines were depressingly long, the stock market had plummeted, and the term Great Depression seemed an apt description for the mood of the country. The ministers thought they should only lightly touch upon the subject Thanksgiving in deference to the human misery all about them. After all, there was little to be thankful for. But it was Dr. William L. Stiger, pastor of a large congregation in the city that rallied the group. This was not the time, he suggested, to give mere passing mention to Thanksgiving, just the opposite. This was the time for the nation to get matters in perspective and thank God for blessings always present, but perhaps suppressed due to intense hardship.