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  • Nostalgia Is A Drug

    by Richard Bryant
  • Remember to Remember

    by Kathy Donley
    There’s a story about an old man, who every week, walked from his house down to the ocean, carrying a bucket of shrimp. He would walk to the end of the pier, reach in his bucket, and feed the seagulls. Slowly, silently, he distributed the contents of his bucket, every Friday evening, while the sun slipped over the horizon. His name was Eddie Rickenbacker, the most decorated WWI fighter pilot. In 1942, during WWII, President Roosevelt dispatched Eddie with a special message to General MacArthur in the Pacific theatre. The B-17 in which Captain Rickenbacker was flying got lost, ran out of fuel and ditched in the sea. The crew of eight made it into life rafts and began a long and desperate fight to survive the sun, sharks banging on the bottom of the raft, waves, but most of all hunger. They ran out of food on day three. On day eight, when it seemed the end had come and there was no hope, and they had prayed what they thought were their last prayers together, Captain Rickenbacker, in the raft, was dozing with his cap over his eyes. He felt something. A bird had landed on his head. He thought if he could catch it, they might survive. He caught it. And they ate it. And used its intestines for bait and caught fish. The capture of that seagull gave them enough hope and strength and fortitude that seven of the eight men survived the 24 days adrift in their rafts...
  • Wouldn't Take Nothing for the Journey

    by Kathy Donley
    Klara married her husband Phillippe when she was 20. A year later, they were both arrested by the Nazis. They were taken to a holding camp in Belgium, where they were reunited with Klara’s father who had been arrested separately. Sometime after that, they learned that they were going to be taken by train from Belgium to Germany to Poland to Auschwitz. They began to plan to jump from the train. Their only hope was to jump while the train was still in Belgium. Two days before they were put on the train, Klara’s father became seriously ill. By the time they were on the train, he had lost consciousness. As the train rolled along, Phillippe was telling her that they had to jump, but she did not want to leave her father...
  • Now, Don't Forget

    by Jim Eaton
  • An Attitude of Gratitude

    by Beth Johnston
  • Gratitude: A Matter of Perspective

    Sermon Starter by Leonard Sweet
    It was the day after Thanksgiving. A woman caught her husband weighing himself on the scale. He was sucking in his stomach.
    "That won't help you, Fred," the woman said. "You know that, don't you?"
    "Oh it helps a lot," said Fred. "It's the only way I can see the numbers!"...
  • Grace and Gratitude

    by Carl Wilton
    The picture you see there — painted by the famous Saturday Evening Post illustrator, Norman Rockwell — isn’t a Thanksgiving holiday painting. But it is about giving thanks. Its title is “Saying Grace.” Rockwell painted it in 1951, for a Saturday Evening Post cover. The setting of the painting is perfectly ordinary. It’s a humble diner, the sort of place they used to call a luncheonette (or, in less kindly terms, a greasy spoon). Two figures have attracted the gaze of everyone else in the restaurant — especially, in this detail view, the two young men on the left, idly smoking their cigarettes and sipping their coffee. To the right is a grandmother, her hands clasped in prayer. Joining her in that simple act of piety is a young boy, her grandson no doubt...

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