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Reasons for Thanksgiving

With the conclusion of this week, we’re moving into what many people consider “Thanksgiving Week.”

Personally speaking, it’s great timing. The word “thankful” means “full of thanks,” and I’ve been feeling particularly grateful -- full of thanks -- lately. Let me name a few:

First, as most of you know, tomorrow we have the honor of conducting the funeral service for Bob Twigg, who died Monday night after a long and valiant fight against lung cancer.

I’m grateful that I got to know Bob well over the past five or six years.I’m grateful for several long conversations we had when we spent a week together in New Orleans doing Katrina relief.I’m grateful for the way he lived his life, and even for the way he died -- consciously choosing to “live, laugh, and love” as much as he could, each day, every day.And I’m grateful, as Bob was, for living in a free country. As I’ll probably say tomorrow in the homily, one of the things his wife BJ told me in planning the service is that “Bob loved the f…