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Our family will be spending this Thanksgiving with extended family and friends in warm homes with plenty. But as I reflect on what we will have, let us not forget those that are far from home and without family.

That young men and women serving our nation, reminded me of the Thanksgivings I spent away far from home when I served my country. So with that let me share a letter from a young Army officer who writes of the rigors of having sweated through his clothing in the field by day, and freezing as the temperatures plummeted by night:

"My body was shivering uncontrollably from head to toe. Then the strangest thing happened. This hot spot started in my chest, literally, and started to spread. At first I thought this must be what it feels like to die of hypothermia, but it kept spreading until I was warm again. I was confused about what had just happened when it dawned on me: This is the time of day my mother prays for me."

Those of us who have been in misery, only to be lifted up by the hand of Providence, understand what this young man and countless others like him or her have experienced through the power of prayer.

At the dawn of our nation, George Washington concluded, "The Hand of Providence has been so conspicuous in all this, that he must be worse than an infidel that lacks faith, and more than wicked, that has not gratitude enough to acknowledge his obligations."

Please remember our Armed Forces and their families in your prayers this Thanksgiving. We owe them a great debt of gratitude.

Jarhead’s Comment; "Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him and praise His name. For the LORD is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations." --Psalm 100:4-5

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The Hand of Providence

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Our family will be spending this Thanksgiving with extended family and friends in warm homes with plenty. But as I reflect on what we will have, let us not forget those that are far from home and without family. That young men and women serving our nation, reminded me of the Thanksgivings I spent away far from home when I served my country. So with that let me share a letter from a young Army officer who writes of the rigors of having sweated through his clothing in the field by day, and…Continue

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Ten Commandments of Human Relations

The fundamental issue in human ethical behavior is summarized by Jesus in what we have come to call "The Golden Rule." Jesus put it this way:

So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets (Matthew 7:12 TNIV).

It asks us to test our treatment of others by putting ourselves in their place. Treat others the way you would want them to treat you in the same or similar circumstance.

Somebody took that principle and translated it into Ten Commandments of Human Relations. You may have seen this anonymous piece, for it circulates in a variety of settings. In case you have missed it, I am reproducing it here.

Speak to people. There is nothing as nice as a cheerful word of greeting.

Smile at people. It takes 72 muscles to frown, only 14 to smile.

Call people by name. It is music to anyone’s ears to hear the sound of his or her name.

Be friendly and helpful.

Be cordial. Speak and act as if everything you do is genuinely a pleasure. If it isn’t, learn to make it so.

Be genuinely interested in people. You can like almost anyone, if you try.

Be generous with praise, cautious with criticism.

Be considerate of the feelings of others. There are usually three sides to a controversy — yours, the other fellow’s, and the correct one.

Be alert to serve. What counts most in life is what you do for others.

Live with a good sense of humor, a generous dose of patience, and a dash of humility appropriate to being human.

Made in God’s image, all of us have something to be valued!

The great challenge in human experience is not work skills, but people skills. That is, research has shown that the majority of people who fail in their vocation do so because they cannot get along with people.

You might think through the meaning of these ten common-sense ideas for your own workplace and personal activity. But what about the larger setting for your daily life? These principles work everywhere you go, for they are about showing respect to the people you meet in all those places.

Made in God’s image, all of us have something to be valued, affirmed, and acknowledged by others. But let it begin with us to acknowledge it in them. As the cycle of giving and receiving enlarges, the human community comes alive.

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