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There Am I Among Them - Gratitude

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There I Am Among Them, A WNCT Roundtable on Faith is a special 6 part series that takes a look at the hot topics of the day, viewed through the lens of faith.

A panel of 6 faith leaders from different sides on the religious spectrum shared their opinions and insight.

On this night before Thanksgiving, 9 On Your Side is talking about a couple of issues appropriate for the day.

“I think gratitude is important, whether it’s faith or just being a person who lives from a moral standpoint, because it recognizes everything is not centered on me. It means that you’re grateful for each thing that happens, whether it’s big or small,” stated Rev. Mark Sandlin.
 
“Look to the person, you know, who is less fortunate to be thankful and that I think is another important concept,” proposed Dr. Saeed Dar.
 
“I grew up in middle class, so I have the privilege of higher education working with the college students that they have that gift of higher education.  There’s so much in our society both personally and as a group that we can be and we ought to be thankful for.  It’s definitely an attitude of the heart we all should have,” Father Bill Quigley explained.
 
“If you can have a good grounding in gratitude, it’s probably a really great way of moving forward in life and finding that you’re going to be a happier person yourself,” Sandlin continued.
 
“Being thankful is so good because we are thankful to a god who is gracious, who’s loving, who’s good. And that makes you want to be thankful. And you said, I love that, how every day is kind of like a new day and it is,” Pastor Jason McKnight remarked.
 
“It’s what we do with our talents and our skills, but also it’s a gift from God and that when we wake up in the morning, one of the first things of blessing is to thank God for giving us our life back. Hopefully, we won’t complain and will treat others well. And that’s really what it’s all about, too. To be thankful to God, but to also treat others well because they have God in them also,” added Lay Leader Marsha Luhrs.
 
“Every day, every moment, we have to recognize just to pause and think what are we blessed with. It is a part of our Islamic belief, under every circumstance we have to thank him. And we have to be humble about that and recognize and whatever we are blessed with in our life. On the other hand, if you lose some of the blessings, you are blessed with, then you have to really be patient and again he blesses you because you are being patient in adversity, also,” Dar proclaimed.
 
“You know, we have a lot of things to complain about. But every day we ought to give thanks to the Lord that we’re here and he’s allowing us to see another day.  We could complain about what we don’t have.  But let’s look at the things that we do have and the opportunities we do have so I think everyday ought to be a day of thanksgiving,” suggested Pastor James Corbett.
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