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Thanksgiving: A time when we gather with family and friends to give thanks for the many blessings we have in our lives.

I recently met one Ontario farm couple that has a lot to be thankful for this year. Even though they suffered a terrible fire on their dairy in July, in which more than 100 animals were lost, Clarence and Wendy Markus are thankful no person was hurt and the animals did not suffer long.

From the ruins at Markvale Holsteins came an unexpected outpouring of support from family, friends, neighbours and members of the agricultural community.

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Have you heard the phrase “lean in” mentioned in the last few months? Most likely it was in regards to women in leadership.

It stems from the book “Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead,” by Sheryl Sandberg.

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Last month I wrote, “You can always tell when the Lord is trying to teach you a principle because on-task real-life on-the-job experiences come in multiples.”

Not only does He give you opportunities on how to practice, He also gives you examples of how it should be done.

I always thought forgiveness was to be done after the fact, but developing a constant attitude of forgiveness is so much easier than trying to figure it all out when you are placed in the situation.

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I recently signed up for LinkedIn, which automatically sends a connection request to all the LinkedIn members in your email account.

As a result, I got responses from a handful of people I hadn’t talked to in years. One of them was Quinton, a farmer’s son I had met toward the end of my studies at the University of Iowa.

A lot had happened since then: He got married, moved to Chicago and now works in a large financial institution. Yet, these he only mentioned in passing.

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You can always tell when the Lord is trying to teach you a principle because on-task real-life on-the-job experiences come in multiples. Lately, I have been inundated with opportunities to forgive.

Christ’s answer to Peter when he asked, “How many times do I need to forgive?” has entered my mind at least once a day for months. “Seventy times seven” is a lot of times. Once should be enough.

After all, the entire situation was not my fault in the first place. They got their facts messed up and misread my intentions. They were the ones who should be asking my forgiveness, but “am I a man or a mouse?” How deep does Christianity really go in my heart?

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