Thanksgiving and Hope

Hello!  It is Near the end of the year and I would like to thank anyone who has ever read my blog.  I especially appreciate comments if you have time to leave them.  I have even approved comments from ghost people who hide their identity by giving false information and identities.  Has been interesting blogging and it’s been fun.  Again, I thank you for the comments and I wish you the very best Christmas and New Year ever.

Thanksgiving has come and gone.  Probably one of my favorite holidays of the entire year is Thanksgiving.  This year is a unique year for me as far as Thanksgiving goes.  Sure, it had all the trimmings of Thanksgiving, the activities were much as expected, yet there was the another side this year that made Thanksgiving more of a struggle.

For some reason, I could see all the good things that happened in the year and lift up Thanksgiving for the people and events that happened.  When I thought of these positive events, at least in my opinion positive, I was happy and full of joy.  This is my traditional take on Thanksgiving.  No matter what the year has brought there is still plenty of good in it to give thanks in true sincerity.

So, you may ask, what was different about this year’s Thanksgiving?  This year was very strange because as I was giving my personal Thanksgiving about most everything and at the same moment in time I saw evil and disaster encroaching, attacking, and attempting to ruin every single good thing that happened.  This view was very unsettling for the first few rounds of Thanksgiving.

In this conundrum of dualities of events and happenings, I was very unsettled and somewhat confused.  Intellectually I knew from a long time ago, there is good and evil, they do not agree in any way shape or form.  All of the best stories and more recently movies portray the essence of this tried and true battle that each of us experiences in living life.

Now an attempt to find some meaning in this mess of a thought pattern.  The first conclusion I came to was that this thought pattern of good and evil coexisting and eternal battle is an unpleasant fact.  The fragility of goodness doing battle with the cold hard evil that knew no bounds to get its own way.  The battle itself did not seem winnable by anything that was of goodness’s side. Can evil be beaten?

For an example, people playing a game who will cheat in a sly way versus people who will not cheat and will only follow the rules of the game.  In this scenario, my experience says the cheater usually wins the game.  Then because of an obvious extremely high when rate, people do not want to play with people who cheat.  So the cheater does not win in the long run, especially when caught cheating.

This brought me to connect with the ideas of luck, good fortune, and random chance into a great big unsatisfying primordial goo.  I was dissatisfied with the thought of these three characters being in charge of life and how it was going to turn out.  Even more horrifying was the thought that luck had some kind of intelligence or a plan. Just plain chaos, no purpose, lost, and nothingness is what chance offers.

The “chance trinity” does not allow for personal choice in living decisions (Stuff Happens is the best effort).  This would create luck as a tyrant of absolute control over all decisions of life and living.  When luck is with you and working for you there is happy for yourself and too bad for everyone else.  In this ideology, there is no honor in work or preparation or overcoming a bad situation.  As we are cast in our lot of good and dark luck and too bad, tough luck is with you or if on the good side of luck, great?

This fortune ideology is extremely empty.  It may be easily proven but still very empty! LOL, I DO TRY TO BE OPEN TO NEW IDEAS, but some ideas, just lead to very empty and places of dark and darker shadows with no hope and little light.  Could this be leading me to do whatever I want to because nothing matters?

While I believe that you matter and I believe that I matter in life so “do as you please” is a failure also.  I know!, maybe I should try to find myself.  You know, go on that long walk until you see yourself.  Seeing yourself by yourself is a fantasy as most people who have tried to find themselves find out, in the end.  Sadly, some never figured it out and hurt all people around them.  You really don’t want to spend time with people trying to find themselves either. OUCH! Can redemption reach them?

So getting back to the original thought how does good overcome cheating and ruthless evil.  The sad answer is sometimes they don’t.  Sometimes good gets trampled and destroyed by evil.  In the sadness of this admission though there is hope!  Because good always seems to be able to arise again and again to do battle with the darkness of evil.  I think maybe hope is the one-word idea that does battle with evil better than anything else.

Hope a target to evil and hope is very fragile when evil In disguise uses hope for a moment  to dash a Pilgrim’s true hope.  The real, decisive point in life is, I have to make a choice and figure out which way I’m going to believe life works best.  If I work for my comfort for the moment, will it lead to a comfortable life later on?  Will comfort now serve to make me more or less happy if I buy my dream property, car, travel, even friends?

With the luck of status, marks of wealth, and power will the person be the same person on the inside as before the improved luck?  Has luck smiling on me change me significantly?  Will I have found myself in my acquisitions of a world made up of matter fulfilling my dreams and deepest desires too?  Is there more than just the struggle of good and evil going on?

It seems that the adoption of hope would be a good start in a purposeful life.  Without hope evil triumphs over good.  Without hope, it is difficult to get through a hard time in life.  Without hope, it is hard to have a purpose.  Without hope, the future looks dark.  Without hope, there is no reason to connect with another human being.

What do you think hope is?  Is hope a tangible or intangible?  Is hope active thinking or deactivating thinking?  Or do you to get hope when you feel used up?  Is there any hope when evil triumphs?  Have you ever seen hope make a change in your life?  Was the change that hope made long-lasting?  Has hope ever comforted you?

Is hope a taste of something better? Is hope a place more livable than the here and now? Is Hope with you now? Is there a destination of hope in your future? Have your hopes been destroyed by the reality of life?

Denny

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2 thoughts on “Thanksgiving and Hope

    1. Sorry so long in getting back with you. Still learning Word Press. Great point on testing our stand with God. God’s love is Perfect and proven, when we are tested we only prove to our-self if we love God or not. A tested and tried love that endures is a sign of God’s work in us. Thank you for your kind insight.
      In Christ
      Denny

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