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Thanksgiving challenge

This won’t take long.

We hear about the Christmas spirit, but whoever talks about the Thanksgiving spirit?

Like family, we take Thanksgiving for granted at times. How often do we actually reflect on our blessings and live in simple gratitude for our crazy, complicated lives, and our freedom to pick our own paths.

Must Read Alaska wishes you a day of happy contentment, whether you’re dining with a date or feasting with family. And for those who are ailing, hurting, or lonely, we pray for you to feel sparks of joy that can reignite a sense of wonder, even through the pain. Thanksgiving is for all of us in every condition in which we find ourselves.

Three joy-sparking questions:

  • In your life, who was the person who had the biggest positive impact on you?
  • What memory comes to mind that fills you with joy?
  • If you pray, have any of your prayers been answered this year?

Of course, Must Read Alaska would love to hear your thankful reflections and memories. Jot a note to [email protected] if you have something on your mind today. I love hearing from you. – Suzanne

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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  • Too incapacitated to cook a Thanksgiving feast, of which, thanks to my Hungarian aunts, I reigned almost supreme, I raided the refrigerator and freezer for frozen leftovers. What I came up with is a delicious corn beef soup. There are two pieces of organic round bread left in the fridge and non GMO noodles were confiscated from my emergency store to go with the meal. Ella, the guest dog has meat scraps and popcorn balls left over from Halloween, which she loves. I am full of good cheer and over the top with gratefulness for our treasured members of the Armed Forces, that my son likes my soup; my God loves me, my children and grandchildren, my friends, and my country, which is not yet wholly communist. Deo gratias. Topping it off, I have a new doctor who injected Medrol in my shoulder and eased some pain. In my aged M.E./Fibromyalgia littleness, I feel mighty big. Deo gratias.

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