On this Thanksgiving day, I pray that you will all receive the eternally beautiful gifts of life, and that those who are lacking basic necessities may be helped in what they need. (Maybe by you?) Sharing a post from three years ago, when my family was experiencing blessings and pain, the fullness of the mysterious, fearsome wonder of being.
It is right and just to give thanks to God. Why? Because all good things come from God. Life. Love. Joy. Peace. But, what about the other things…?
In order for us to truly and fully receive these good gifts from God, we human beings are given, along with the first gift of life, the gift of freedom, or freewill. For it is only when we are free to choose that we are free to love. Yet, the shadow side of this great light is the freedom to hate, and even the freedom to be apathetic. And where there is hate or apathy, there is pain, sorrow, and struggle. When we are experiencing these hardships, sometimes we look to God and ask, Why? Why should we praise You? Why should we give You thanks when life can be so terrible?
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Although crippled by disease, I am fully alive in love. I write about the profound wonder and terrible beauty of life while living with physical disability and severe dependency. Unafraid to ask life's big questions, I was briefly an atheist and considered other religions before finding, in God's choice to intimately share our humanity, what it truly means to be fully human. A revert to the Catholic Faith, I blog weekly and have written a book called It's Good to Be Here.