Malankara World Journal - Christian Spirituality from an Orthodox Perspective
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Thanksgiving Special
Volume 5 No. 315 November 24, 2015

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Thank you Lord!
Thank You Lord!

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise.
Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
Psalm 100:4


1. Foreword

The art of gratefulness can - and should - be practiced all year long. If you appreciate what you have, you'll find yourself having even more to appreciate. And that's because what we think about and how we feel about what we think about attracts more of the same. What you focus on expands. ...

I. Featured Articles

2. How to Have a Thankful Heart through Difficult Times

In times of suffering, a heart of gratitude means more than just saying 'thank you. It means believing that God is who he says he is. Believing that he is good, that he is love, and that he is for me. Believing that he never changes, that he never fails, and that he is working all things for what is good. ...

3. On The Grace of Gratitude - A Thanksgiving Meditation

To be grateful is ultimately a gift to be be received from God. We ought to humbly ask for it. We can dispose our self to it by reflecting on things like that above but ultimately gratitude comes from a humble, contrite and transformed heart. Saying thank you is not a moralism. True gratitude is a grace, a gift that comes from a heart deeply moved, astonished and aware of the fact that all is gift. ...

4. The Key to Having a Thankful Heart

Thankful hearts are the fruit of time spent in the presence of the Lord. As we first give thanks to Him, we abound with love, joy, patience, and kindness to others. Perhaps in the midst of cooking the turkey, setting the table, and cleaning our homes, we need to step away from all the planning, serving, and even the people that we love so that we can have time to prepare our hearts. ...

5. Thanksgiving - It Is Good for Your Soul

Learn to look for the good, even in difficult situations. Practice gratitude every day. If you do, you will find that your spirit is on its way to learning greater joy and contentment with your life leading you to deeper happiness. ...

6. A Thanksgiving Prayer that God Might Rarely Hear

God clearly spelled out His good and perfect will for us in First Thessalonians 5:18 when He inspired the Apostle Paul to write: "In everything give thanks, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." Did you catch that? In everything. In the good times, as well as the bad. In the pleasantries of life, as well as in the pain. During difficult times, trying times and frustrating times, too.  ...

7. Inspiration: Focus on the Good During This Thanksgiving

This week we celebrate Thanksgiving holiday in the United States. There are so many reasons for concern. ISIS, global tension, political grandstanding. The economy is soft, markets are down, expenses are up. Many of us struggle in our own physical health, our mental health or in relationships.

But on Thursday, we have a simple and powerful opportunity to pause and be thankful. ...

8. From MWJ Archives: Malankara World Journals with the Theme - Thanksgiving

Volume 4 No 248: November 26, 2014
Volume 3 No 180: November 28, 2013
Volume 2 No 109: Nov 19 2012
Volume 1 No 40: November 24 2011

II. Recipes

9. Foolproof Whole Turkey

10. Turkey Stuffing

11. My Favorite Thanksgiving Recipe

12. Turkey Wraps

13. Roasted Spicy Seasoned Pumpkin Seeds

14. Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Pineapple

15. Roasted Sweet Potato Salad

16. Butternut Squash Soup Shooters

17. Avocado Cheesecakes with Spicy Tomato Chutney

18. Fruited Punch

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