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"Joyful Curmudgeon" An oxymoron?
No! I see all the beauty of God's creation and I'm joyful.  At the same time, I see all the suffering and corruption going on in the world, and feel called to help expose and end it so that we may have true peace and compassion.

 


Animal Sacrifice – 21 November 2007
By Mary T. Hoffman

This morning, the day before Thanksgiving, I’m writing some of my thoughts about “animal sacrifice” and its connection to popular holidays. This time of year, everywhere you turn you see ads with pictures of turkeys or lawn decorations featuring “happy,” anthropomorphized turkeys. People even refer to Thanksgiving Day as “Turkey Day.” (And I hate that!)

But when most people in our society hear the words “animal sacrifice” they most likely think of cruel rituals of the unenlightened trying to please the “gods” or appease demons. Yet, these same people who consider themselves worshipers of the one, true God will center their religious and secular holidays (“holy? days”) on a feast focused on the carnivorous centerpiece of some tortured animal’s remains – and have the colossal nerve to thank and ask the Creator’s blessings on the travesty!

It has been over two thousand years since Jesus walked this earth; and the Bible describes the “Lord’s Supper” as composed of bread and wine – not a piece of one of His creatures.

I wonder if the reason that Jesus would seek seclusion to spend time with the Father in prayer was to get away from any influences from the hard-hearted society He had come to reform. (Things haven’t changed as much as we like to imagine, have they?)

It’s taken Frank and me many years to break free of this deception that has a stranglehold on the public and is centered on the consumption of other animals. Now that’s something to really be thankful for!

Also visit:
http://www.all-creatures.org/anex/turkey.html
http://www.all-creatures.org/recipes.html

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