I know these are hard times, full of many trials and tribulations--for individuals, couples, families, and for our country. But if the early Pilgrims, after their horrific voyage to America and the devastating winter filled with death and suffering, were able to find reasons to be thankful, surely we can, too.
We realized that we really didn't want to spend the holiday in the kitchen. I get cranky when I cook. Just ask my family. I even get moody when my husband cooks; there is the anticipation of all that pot washing after the meal. So we decided to start our own family tradition, to have our own Thanksgiving story.
As a Miamian, I know the heartache of hurricanes. Cold showers may be character-building, but you don't want more character (or cold water), you want your electricity back, you want your house back, you want your life back. The concept of Thanksgiving may ring a little hollow at the moment, as you're wondering just what to be thankful for.
There was love in the air of Jerusalem this past Thursday afternoon. Marching through the streets, approximately 6,000 Christian friends of Israel made their way with flags and smiles, which they readily shared with Israeli bystanders -- from secular to ultra-orthodox Jews of all ages and backgrounds.