November edition of OCA young adult “Wonder” blog focuses on giving thanks

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The November edition of “Wonder,” the blog of the Orthodox Church in America’s Department of Youth, Young Adult, and Campus Ministries, is now available on-line.

This month’s theme, in recognition of the American Thanksgiving holiday and as a proper orientation for the Nativity fast, is “Giving Thanks for All Things, at All Times.” Articles by four authors explore our response to the Apostle Paul’s injunction, to “in everything give thanks, for that is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you” (1 Th 5:18).

In the opening article, Mr. Andrew Boyd speaks to the sad necessity of a “wake-up call” in reflecting on giving thanks in the midst of Hurricane Sandy’s impact on the East Coast. Mrs. Rebekah Moll approaches Thanksgiving through in light of Christian joy, while Mrs. Barbara Soroka uses her article to express thanks for her work as a special ed teacher, which has strengthened her relationship with Christ. Finally Mr. Richard Ajalat calls into question perhaps the greatest myth of our age, offering us a powerful reminder that “giving thanks” involves much more than merely saying “thank you.”

The December edition—“Lead Me on a Level Path”—will explore the theme of vocation.  The deadline for submissions is December 7.

As always, readers are invited to submit articles, creative writing, artwork, poetry, photos, and videos for future installments.  Suggested topics are always welcome. Send all materials and comments to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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