Monday, October 14, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

It is a natural human tendency to look for and talk about the petty annoyances in our lives.  If we’re not careful, this can get in the way of our being able to see the many blessings we enjoy in this beautiful and peaceful land.  That’s why it’s such a good idea for us to have a national day of Thanksgiving – it gives everyone an opportunity to take a fresh look at their situation and instead of looking for things to complain about, begin to see and be reminded of the things that are good and useful.

We should remember the natural blessings of life in Canada, and the blessings that come from the protection of our rights as citizens, especially the freedom of thought and speech.  Let’s take it up one more step.  Let’s also try to be thankful for our Divine blessings.  These are the blessings that are most important of all, because they provide nourishment and protection for our eternal soul. 

One of the reasons that Olivet New Church School has been around for more than a hundred years is because there are people who are dedicated to the idea that there should be a place where children can be educated in a loving environment, where their natural, mental, and spiritual needs are all taken into consideration in everything they do.  To live in this world in a way that prepares one for eternal life in the next is one of the greatest blessings, and we are truly grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this great work.

Rev. James P. Cooper
Pastor, Olivet Church

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