In the northern hemisphere, this is the season of harvest, a time when we reflect on how much we have to be thankful for. Some of us even have a national holiday of thanksgiving. Most often, the first thing that comes to mind is thankfulness for provisions such as food, shelter and safety. If we think a moment longer, we realise we are thankful for family, friends, our church community, and the freedom to worship.
But if I lived in Aleppo, Syria – which is all but destroyed – or in Sana’a, Yemen – where an air attack on a funeral recently killed more than 140 mourners – I could find it difficult to be thankful. Indeed, even in the safety of my warm home, I can find it a challenge to be thankful when I see the dark state of the world. So many people do not have the basic things that we take for granted. No food, no shelter, no safety, and no freedom of belief. And they all have family and friends who have been killed.
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