Thanksgiving: Let’s Actually Give Thanks

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A number of countries set aside one day every year for their people to gather and give thanks. I live in the USA, where we will celebrate Thanksgiving this Thursday. But no matter where we live, we are called in everything to give thanks (1 Thess. 5:18). So let’s actually take time to do what the day is set aside to encourage—give thanks. That may seem like a no-brainer, but often we’re so caught up in turkey and gravy and pumpkin pie and football and family togetherness and Macy’s parade-watching that we actually forget to give thanks beyond the table blessing.

Here are some prompts to get us started. Even if you lack some of these, you probably have an overwhelming number of them:

Inner wealth

  • Knowledge that you are made in God’s image and therefore have dignity and worth.
  • Recognition that the Father loves you; that Christ came for
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Opening Today at the Dallas Museum of Art

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Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots
Abstract expressionist Jackson Pollock (1912–1956) achieved fame in the late 1940s with his distinctive “drip paintings.” At the Dallas Museum of Art, “Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots” explores what came next: Pollock’s “black paintings,” a series of black enamel and oil paintings on untreated canvas created from 1951 to 1953. In its only United States showing, the exhibit includes 31 black paintings; works on paper made with enamel, ink, and watercolor; and five sculptures. The works immerse audiences in “Pollock’s complete oeuvre and shed new light on the experimentation and ingenuity that has become synonymous with his practice,” the museum explains. November 20–March 20.

“Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots” is only the third major U.S. museum exhibition to focus solely on the artist hailed as “the greatest painter this country has ever produced.” Experts have deemed the show a “once in a lifetime” exhibition, organized by the DMA’s …

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In the Near Future: Uterus Transplants

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The New York Times November 13 print edition ran an article by Denise Grady that announced “Uterus Transplants May Soon Help Some Infertile Women in the U.S. Become Pregnant.” The Times considered the news so big that a press release came to my in-box.


It’s all going down at The Cleveland Clinic, where doctors expect to become the first in the US  to transplant a uterus into a woman who lacks one—whether due to congenital factors, injury, or illness. The procedure would eliminate the need for a gestational surrogate.

After giving birth to one or two children—by C-section—the woman receiving the transplanted uterus would have it removed so she can quit taking anti-rejection meds. An estimated 50,000 women in the United States might be candidates. Currently, eight have begun the screening process.

The transplant team would remove the uterus, cervix, and part of the vagina from …

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