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Respect for life

America has become known as the home of the brave and the depressed. Headlines focus on Thanksgiving turkeys, mental illness, 'war', stem cell research, the bear hunt, the vulnerable Native American Indians (whose land this really is), and the rich getting richer. As a Licensed Counselor, I've worked with those with mental illness in outpatient and inpatient settings. I'm concerned about the lack of respect we have for all of life causing, anger, depression and anxiety. We see and hear about innocent lives being killed and wounded daily on TV. We are teaching our children to be violent even in our own homes. Hunting, domestic violence, animal abuse, trapping, and factory farms are all related on the scale of compassion vs violence. We (those who care) are becoming emotionally abused by the lack of respect for innocent life. The loss of hope for peace and justice for all is exchanged for the fake sense of security that does not bring true peace to our hearts.

We need to learn from the example of the great American scientist, politician, inventor, Elder Statesman, musician and vegetarian, Ben Franklin, who had great respect for the turkey and called them "true American originals." Thanksgiving may be the time to begin to celebrate not only the harvest of fruit and vegetables, but respect for all life perhaps beginning with our nation's symbolic turkey. As we celebrate, let this innocent bird remind us of respecting all life. We not only give thanks to the Creator of all of our personal blessings, but we need to change our greed and fear that motivates our country and eat some humble pie to become the compassionate and innocent people we were created to be. Only then, will we be respected and have true peace in our hearts.

Jan Fredericks, M.A., L.P.C.
Wayne, NJ

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God's Creatures Ministry is committed to spreading God's compassion to all He has made based on The Scriptures. Although we are a Christian Ministry, we encourage all to have their own animal welfare committee in their community. We extend our resources to those who would like to learn more or begin their own God's Creatures Ministry as an extension of us. God created us to have a vegetarian diet and commissioned us to protect His animals. Instead, we have exploited them for our entertainment, fashion, appetite and useless, torturous research. These creatures have the right to live as they were created to live. Because we live IN this world, but are not OF this world, we strive to bring God's mercy and justice to all. We live in God's Kingdom now where Jesus, The Sacrificial Lamb, The Prince of Peace, The Lion of Judah reigns. We look forward to that day when all of creation will be 'set free from slavery to corruption and share in the glorious freedom of the children of God' (Romans 8:21) where a little child will lead and guide God's creatures (see Isaiah 11:5-9).

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