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Eric's Sunday Sermon; The Day Of and The Day After Thanksgiving.

Updated on November 27, 2015

Another day dawning.

How many times do we see the moon but still love a good photo of it?
How many times do we see the moon but still love a good photo of it? | Source

To give thanks

There was a man who refused to give thanks. By golly jingles he had worked hard and earned everything he had. Besides Thanksgiving was a nasty holiday rooted in the ugly Christian manifest destiny concept that destroyed the land and the Native Americans that live thereon. Anger filled the man and not thanks or gratitude. Did I say he was an angry man? His wife and children did not like him. Did I say he was lonely even though surrounded by "friends and family"?

If you just cannot believe in an creator then why would you give thanks to anyone but yourself? Good for you, thank yourself. Even a friendly hand from a neighbor or boss was only given because you are you. Uh oh. Not if the kindness you have been shown was because of someone else's belief in a higher power. Although you do not believe, much of your benefits of life come from someone who does and that may well be the "reason" you have what you have. No man is an island. So let us expand from only giving thanks to yourself but to others who have acted kindly toward you. Oh dear you are reading this from some form of computer. Better give some thanks to the folks who made it and that freedom you have to use it means you better give thanks to those who created that freedom and those who protect it. And shucks, but you are alive and to some degree thrive. Better give thanks to mom and dad.

Oh my even those that do not give thanks to a God have many thanks to give out. Oh my I find myself giving thanks to those antagonists of mine that make me evaluate and consider my own ideas.

It just seems impossible not to have something to give thanks about.

Thankful for beauty

Just another photo to you? Plain old love to me.
Just another photo to you? Plain old love to me. | Source

Had to play this song.

Never enough

What is the matter with Eric? He publishes an article/sermon on Thanksgiving the day after Thanksgiving. Bad marketing Eric. Yes I suppose that is right. And what is said next may be equally unproductive but we try. Today is the 27th of November. Just another day on the calendar. And that is the point. Just another day and we should give thanks. Around here we give big thanks to Jesus Christ who died for us. We give thanks to our ancestors for being a huge part of making this wonderful life of ours. We give thanks by name to our friends and family. And though we are just three in the home we give thanks for each other. We give thanks for those who paid an ultimate price for our freedom and those currently willing to do the same. Did I say we make a point of doing this everyday.

To us Thanksgiving day is a special day. Traditions and food and enjoying each other and food and having fun and not working and food. We have a blast cooking together, taking in a movie and avoiding the world and not avoiding food. You see for us Thanksgiving is only in a minor way about giving thanks. We do that everyday. So what is the big deal about Thanksgiving for us?

Thanksgiving is a day to give thanks for giving thanks. Can you imagine being that guy we started out with? Gratefulness for being grateful. If you can let go for a minute and let love in and give love out you will know what we are talking about here. The man that has a new fancy pantsy automobile may not even be grateful for having it. I am super grateful for my 2004 beat up old Corolla. We ask the simple question; Who is happier the man who has little and is thankful for it - Or the man who has much but is not thankful for it.?




Old family photo

Grateful for love.
Grateful for love. | Source

Why not have a song about happy?

Difference between thankfulness and gratefulness.

There probably is not great difference between thankfulness and gratefulness. But let us try for a distinction. We start with happy and joy. We do not say "he is filled with happiness" usually. We say "he is filled with joy". Happy is a fleeting moment of a feeling. Joy is a deep abiding conviction that joy is where we should be and then the strength or grace to make it so. Joy don't come and go!

There were two men diagnosed with cancerous Lymphoma on the same date. One was filled with joy and the other not, although he was generally happy. The one man was grateful that the diagnosis came so early and the condition treatable. The man with no joy was sad and despondent over his possible death sentence. So probably both men were not thankful for the diagnosis. But one found something to be grateful for.

So now we see thankfulness is akin to happiness. While gratefulness is akin to joy.

We were on a brutal cross-canyon hike in the Grand Canyon and the temperature was an easy 110 in the shade. We were tired and exhausted and had four miles to go to get to water which we desperately needed. Man I tell you that every step with that great big old backpack was painful to the core. Being 3 Christian mucks we started thanking God for our aches and pains. And we laughed at our silliness. This got us another 2.5 miles. But it did not get us all the way home. Then we began to discuss how grateful we were to be where we were and to be feeling so alive. This carried with speed to our camp and water. God got the glory that day. Not because God picked us up and transported us but that He led us to be grateful and that gratefulness was the gift that got us home.

Kind of an interesting notion. Kind of nonsensical if you look at it with common eyes. But if you look at it through the eyes of love it makes perfect sense. I often thank God for my appreciation of my wife. I could be so blessed with her and not even get it.

Is it love

There is no certainty here in what I say except for me. Love changes happy into joy and thanks into grateful. I can tell you that my life stinks. Or the words out of my mouth could say that I have a great life. Same life. A favorite of mine is young little people. If my mind is clouded with the troubles of the world then it is like babysitting. If my mind is centered on my young friends it is like happy joyous childhood every second. We could call that being in the moment. I call it being in love. My life ain't a great life but it is my life and I love it. So I am thankful for it and it is another wonder filled day.

Be thankful, be grateful, be happy and be in joy today. Yesterday was thanksgiving let today and everyday be filled with love and you can celebrate your thanks everyday!

Was it okay?

Was it alright to publish a sermon on giving thanks after Thanksgiving?

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Just some thoughts

If I am content with what I have today, what could I possibly need?

Life is often exactly the way it is supposed to be, God grant me the wisdom to see it that way.

Love is not really ever given away, it is only shared.

My thanks are my thanks, I hope you have yours.

Pain is often a wake up call to be grateful just for not having it.

If you are not thankful, give a child a hug, I promise you will then be thankful.

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      Venkatachari M 17 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Eric, this is one more beautiful sermon. Thanksgiving can be on any day. It just does not limit to that particular Thanksgiving Day. So, I feel it is okay to publish the hub on the day after.

      Thanks to you for this lovely sermon.

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      Linda Lum 17 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Eric - Another beautiful sermon, and (I think) very timely, as our pausing to give thanks should not be isolated to one day, but every day. Love and perspective make all the difference.

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      Eric Dierker 17 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Peace and love be with you my friend Venkatachari. Wow we are having fun focusing on being together and not things. Food is great but only if it also nurishes our souls in thankfulness for our bounty.

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      Eric Dierker 17 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hey Diva, it is great to hear from you. I will be over shortly to catch up on your work. Ya, we just are made up of a survivor of cancer and a refugee from communism around here so we kind of give a whole bunch of thanks for each day. It would probably seem weird to most folk.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 17 months ago from Southern Illinois

      I like the way you think and I'm grateful you are here on Hub Pages. It is raining here today but I'm thankful, my birdbath needed water. We have so many reasons to be grateful and thankful. Thank you for reminding us.

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      Eric Dierker 17 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Shucks Ruby you know I am thankful for your support and uplifting me. But you know I need to say it anyway. Thank you for being you, it adds to my already awesome life.

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      ahorseback 17 months ago

      Thank you Eric , Happy happy happy hugs from your friends ! You are a lucky lucky man ! And aren't we all !

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      Eric Dierker 17 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Ed, a break from housepainting and tough ass football of the Euro sort. Nephews and sons are brutal.

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      Bill Holland 17 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you for your friendship and for your compassion. You are a shining light.

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      Eric Dierker 17 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks for being a friend. It is not easy with a man like me to introduce me to your family.

      I am grateful for your friendship and always will be. Namaste friend

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      Devika Primić 17 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Interesting hub! A time for together time.

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      Eric Dierker 17 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks much friend.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 17 months ago from The Caribbean

      Gratitude. Thankfulness. Joy. Love. I'll take any amount of it any day giving or receiving. Thanks for your continual positivity, Eric.

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      Eric Dierker 17 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      And I give some extra thanks for you MsDora, thank you.

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      Dana Tate 17 months ago from LOS ANGELES

      Every day is a day to be thankful. Even someone who doesn't believe in a higher power has to be thankful for forefathers who paved the way. Thankful to his boss for keeping food on his table or, if he is a boss he must be thankful to customers and even staff that keep him in business. I can go on and on, but basically I know people who have more than enough and are very ungrateful because they haven't had a hard enough life.

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      Eric Dierker 17 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dana thank you for your comment. It does seem that folks who have never struggled do not get the same gratefulness as those who have. Perhaps that is why I am even thankful for mistakes I have made.

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      Mel Carriere 17 months ago from San Diego California

      I think that was your Corolla that cut me off on the 125 the other day but I give thanks, because my wife got scared and had me turn the car around and go home instead of shopping. Everything works out for the best. Your words and the spirit you infuse in your words are beyond compare. Great sermon, as always!

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      Eric Dierker 17 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Mel that probably was my car but a villainous wife was driving it I am sure ;-) But whatever it takes to turn you around from malls is my pleasure.

      Thank you for coming by and leaving a comment. It gets lonely this time of year. Especially for Sermonators as people actually attend church and have less time for my stuff.

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      Mel Carriere 17 months ago from San Diego California

      Yeah us once a year Christmas Christians get out to the temples in force around this time.

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      Eric Dierker 17 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      They are lucky to have you!

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      Caroline Marie 16 months ago from Close to Heaven

      This is a very unique hub Eric. Great work. :)

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      Eric Dierker 16 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Caroline, we are not so much trying for unique but the sermons sure come out that way -- thank you.

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      Lawrence Hebb 16 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Eric

      Messages on thankfulness are alright by me anytime! We try to live each day with a grateful attitude.

      Lawrence

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      Eric Dierker 16 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Lawrence, we work on it real hard around here. Happy New Year to you and yours.

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