Abraham Lincoln proclaimed "Thanksgiving" as an American national holiday in 1863, during the darkest days of the American Civil War, as "a day to reflect, to celebrate, and to offer Thanks for the blessings of the recent harvest and the events of the past year." Now, as then, we live in troubled times--in ways corporate and in other ways individual. Despite challenges, uncertainty, fear, violence, sorrow, and loss there is still beauty and hope to be found in the world. Life is a gift to be lived and shared every day. We need to stay focused on our reasons to celebrate.