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An attitude of gratitude

November 20, 2010

We are thankful, us Unitarian Universalists.

We are thankful for the gifts of life and love — whatever we may believe about who or what is the giver of those gifts.

Unitarian Universalism has a way of refocusing the lens of life. Our First Principle, which requires respect for the worth and dignity of every human being, pushes us out of self-centeredness. And in becoming more attuned to the lives around us, we become more grateful for our own blessings. In fixing our vision on our time on Earth rather than some future afterlife that may or may not exist, our moments and days become sacred.

This week, Americans celebrate Thanksgiving, a day set aside for family, food and gratitude. “Giving Thanks” is the title of the sermon planned for Davies this Sunday, and similar messages will be delivered from UU pulpits around the nation.

May we be surrounded with love and caring on that day, and on every other day — and may we love and care for others with a depth borne in our common humanity.

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