International Space Station Commander, Barry "Butch" Wilmore, shares his thoughts about Thanksgiving Day. He covers all the bases. Gratitude for the early settlers who bravely journeyed across the Atlantic Ocean for freedom and economic opportunity. Gratitude for the military, who help uphold freedom here and abroad every day. Gratitude for family, and the opportunity to have a day dedicated to giving thanks. Gratitude for the provision of delicious food, which reminds us of the daily bounty we have at our fingertips. And last, but not least, the opportunity to fulfill our dreams and lead lives full of joy and satisfaction.
I'm wishing all of you a Thanksgiving Day full of gratitude and peace.
Here are some other resources on the topic of gratitude:
"God hath made me to laugh,
so that all that hear will laugh with me."
"Laughter is carbonated holiness." ~Anne Lamott
"The earth laughs in flowers." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Some healing ideas on laughter:
Laughter on the Road to Healing by Marian English (CS Sentinel April 13, 1998)
Thou Shalt Laugh! by Keith Wommack (CS Sentinel June 28, 2010)
A Healing Moment...with Some Humor by Sarah Nelson (CS Sentinel June 28, 2010)
Mary Baker Eddy on the Value of Humor by Michael R. Davis (CS Sentinel June 28, 2010)
After almost six months without my favorite video, it's back! Canadian Astronaut, Chris Hadfield, recorded David Bowie's song, "Space Oddity," while Commander of the International Space Station. The one-year copyright on the song ran out in May of 2014 and was pulled from the internet--a sad day for his fans. But the time of mourning is over! A new 2-year copyright agreement has been negotiated, so all of us David Bowie/Chris Hadfield fans are back in business. Just click on the link above and watch the breathtaking view. You'll become a fan too!
And speaking of Col. Chris Hadfield, did you know he has a new book for sale? It came out last month and includes magnificent photographs he took during his five-month stay on the Space Station. The book is titled, You Are Here: Around the World in 92 Minutes. It's available at the normal places, but if you get your books online, it looks like you'll save some money by ordering it from Barnes & Noble.
Images of space, and pondering the vastness and awe-inspiring magnificence of the universe, have always made me feel closer to God. For me, these images represent the ever-lasting spiritual nature of all of us, and everything around us.
Hadfield's mission on the Space Station lasted from December 2012 to May 2013. In the introduction of his new book he says, "I never tired of looking out the window. I don't think any astronaut ever has, or will. Every chance we have, we float over to see what's changed since we last went around the Earth. There's always something new to see..."
His comments about seeing the Earth differently each time he went around it are a reminder: Even though I'm not in space, I can enjoy the exquisiteness of the things around me in a new way each day. That's appreciating the glory of God's creation, here and now!
You might enjoy my article from The Christian Science Monitor:
From the first walk on the moon to the space station:
our expanding infinite
Inspiration is all around us. It makes us feel like we've climbed a majestic mountaintop. Enjoy the view!