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An Ancient Story and the Transforming Power of Optimism: Three Reasons for Thanksgiving

An Ancient Story and the Transforming Power of Optimism: Three Reasons for Thanksgiving

In writing on thanksgiving during a pandemic, my purpose is not to be naïve but to suggest that choosing an attitude of gratitude even in the darkest days is best for us. It honors the One who made us, loves us, and redeems us by his grace. And it shows a suffering world that our hope is based not on our suffering world but on our loving Lord.

‘Things Like This Happen All over Planet Earth All the Time’: The Key to Optimism in Hard Times

‘Things Like This Happen All over Planet Earth All the Time’: The Key to Optimism in Hard Times

“This is Odessa, Texas. Things like this don’t happen here. This is small-town Texas.”

This is what Senior Pastor Del Traffanstedt told his congregation Sunday morning after a shooter killed seven people and injured twenty-two in his community. His church is within sight of the movie theater where the violent chase ended.