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Shouldn't Thanksgiving be a...

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Shouldn't Thanksgiving be a happy time? Shouldn't we find part of our joy in helping others who have no meal? I remember what a reward I felt when a beggar came to me on the street in New Jersey asking for money. Instead of giving him a dollar or two (which he might have spent on booze), I took him into a restaurant and let him order what he wanted (for which I paid). There were tears in his eyes as he thanked me. I felt a great reward knowing that I had helped someone. Didn't Jesus tell us that whatever we did to the "least" of these we did to him?
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