Let us pause for a moment and count our blessings:
We give thanks for having clean water to drink and a surfeit of food to eat (while many in this world have neither).
We give thanks for our health (while many are sick and dying).
We give thanks for all the rights and privileges we enjoy (while many live under the thumb of oppression and persecution).
We give thanks for living in peace and security (while many live in the midst of war, under threat of genocide, or as refugees).
We give thanks for the joy and love of family and friends (while many feel unloved, lonely and hopeless).
We are truly blessed. Let us work in the coming year to extend these blessings to others.
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