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Autumn or thanksgiving day table setting. Fallen leaves, pumpkins, spices, empty plate and vintage cutlery on wooden table.
Autumn or thanksgiving day table setting. Fallen leaves, pumpkins, spices, empty plate and vintage cutlery on wooden table. (Arx0nt / Getty Images/iStockphoto)

The annual turkey feast will soon be upon us. Yet somehow, that same growl you usually feel — the one for the food, the family, the one for the thought and the thanking — seems to be missing. Or maybe just unconvincing.

It's hard to be thankful when you're sad. It seems that we are at a war with ourselves, with those whom we share our one and only home. But we give thanks when we see those who uplift each other instead of bringing them down. Those who smile at a stranger instead of banning them from your nation because of your differences. Those who stand between the gunmen and those who stand up to the guns.

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The Prophet Muhammad said, “One who is not grateful to others is not grateful to God.” So yes, we are thankful: thankful to God Almighty for giving his creations a chance. The ever-merciful God gives us a chance to right our wrongs. A chance to spread love, instead of hate. A chance to smile at strangers from strange lands whom we welcome. A chance to resolve arguments. A chance to drop the gun. A chance to try again.

Esha Bhatti, Highland

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