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Today is #WorldGratitudeDay. Take some time today for reflection. Gratefulness is about our emotions -- what we feel -- and our ethics -- how we choose to act in relation to those emotions.
You feel something when you receive a gift. It may be a gift from a friend, a gift of good news, or a gift of nature. Gifts make us catch our breath: feel surprise, relief, joy, and make us aware of the grace of receiving. Gratitude comprises all these feelings.
And those feelings are good for you -- feelings of gratitude are associated with better health, deeper relationships, and higher life satisfaction! (There's lots of great science on this.)
But gratitude is more than feelings. It moves beyond emotions to the choices we make about serving and caring for others. Gratitude is more than personal. It extends to community.
When we feel grateful, we can choose to acknowledge the gift and the giver and return our appreciation with words and tokens of thanks. Or, we can acknowledge the gift by sharing more gifts with others ("paying it forward").
So, gratefulness is a really good and life-giving emotion. And it is a choice to respond to gifts by giving to others. It reaches from our hearts outward to set new tables of thanksgiving in the world.
Today, consider the gifts of your life. Look for those blessings, things that you sometimes take for granted. Move beyond entitlement or possessiveness and open yourself toward experiencing the generosity of your family, friends, nature, and God.
Feel that.
And then, surprise someone with a gift. A physical gift, a gift of words, an appreciation. Send a gift to an organization that does good. Encourage a group or community that engages in daily service to make the world better. Pick up some trash. Tell a teacher how great they are.
Drop off some food at a pantry. Tell a clergy person that you appreciate what they do. Thank a waiter or service worker by name.
Pay it forward. Share gifts today, randomly and joyfully.

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The text for this week is the story of Esther.
About a woman -- in this case, the Queen -- who stands up against male authorities and insists on justice.

(Yeah, you can't make these things up.)
The king and Haman went in to feast with Queen Esther. On the second day, as they were drinking wine, the king again said to Esther, “What is your petition, Queen Esther? It shall be granted you. And what is your request? Even to the half of my kingdom, it shall be fulfilled.”
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I don't expect much out of Jerry Falwell, but this one leaves me nearly speechless.

There is NOTHING here that remotely resembles Christianity.
There is no ethical position in political theology EVER in church history that supports these words.
It is a clear attack on Jeff Flake -- whose friendship, it is widely reported, with Chris Coons is based (in part) on the belief that quiet faith is an aspect of the moral life of politics.
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Dear Sen .@JeffFlake:
I grew up in Scottsdale, graduating from Saguaro HS in 1977. During 1976-77, I was Chairperson of AZ Teenage Republicans and was Teenage Republican of the Year.
I even have a letter from Sen Goldwater thanking me for my energy and passion for the Republican party in Arizona.
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I realized something today I'd never realized before.

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I'm so grateful for @KaitlinCurtice -- brave warrior loving woman.
I'm so grateful for @GlennonDoyle -- honest, funny, justice storyteller.
I'm so grateful for @CarolHoward -- pastor with a heart for healing.
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