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Love, that for which I am most thankful.

During the Thanksgiving season each year, all of us pause to consider how bountifully we have been blessed and to give thanks for our blessings. In approaching the Thanksgiving season this year, 2010, I have spent some time in considering the question, "Of all my blessings, what is the one thing for which I am most thankful?" My conclusion: "I am most thankful for the capacity to love and to be loved."

There is something wonderful about the love of a parent for a child, and of a child for a parent. One cannot help being moved when a young man comes and puts his arms around his mother, and tells her of his love for her. One cannot help being moved as he watches a small child reach up and take the hand of a strong and understanding father. There is beauty in the love of a teacher for a pupil, and a pupil for his teacher. There is something beautiful about the love of a man or woman for some unknown one who is hungry, who needs clothing or shelter. Though their names and faces are never known, they are loved by those who provide in meeting their needs.

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The greatest thing of all is love. Paul said in I Corinthians 13:13 when he concluded his great tribute to love with the words, "But now abideth faith, hope, love, these three; and the greatest of these is love." The central principle of the universe is love. As we think of our blessings, let us be thankful that we have been created in such a way that we have the capacity to love and to be loved. Let us continue to love families, our friends, our organization, the Disabled American Veterans, and our country, the United States of America.

May we continue to develop this ability to love; for through it we will be blessed, our families will be blessed, and the world in which we live will be blessed.

Wishing you every happiness this holiday season and throughout the coming year.
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Title Annotation:from the NATIONAL CHAPLAIN
Author:Edwards, Charles W., Jr.
Publication:DAV Magazine
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Nov 1, 2010
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