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Thanksgiving – Believers

As an exercise in almsgiving over the next 40 days, this webpage will joyfully give up its praise and thanks for one aspect of life, and not always necessarily a religious one.

John 20: 29 “…blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

Hindsight is 20:20, and we all wish we could have stumbled upon the next big thing before it became a household name; think Apple and Steve Jobs in the mid-1990s, let alone the 1970s. Still, there are those among us who do take the leap of faith; brave individuals who stake their belief in the innate qualities and talents of another and endure long and sometimes lonely times before others see likewise.

In the late 1960’s an eccentric Dutchman of some means gave his financial backing to an English musician to pursue his craft. He’d seen something enough in the man to encourage him to quit his existing band and advertise for a new group of musicians. Those that joined with him became Supertramp. The reluctant impresario Stanley ‘Sam’ August Miesegaes wouldn’t see any real return on his belief until three albums later, but by then they had matured in their artistry and commercial appeal and were soon to top the charts on both sides of the Atlantic with subsequent releases until the end of the 1970s. Ironically enough one of the songs on that third album was entitled “Dreamer”.

Supertramp cover 1 Supertramp cover 2 Supertramp cover 3

A century earlier another of these believer’s had shepherded into being a cache of painted works the likes of which the world had never seen. Theo Van Gogh was the responsible brother, the one who buttoned down and earned a living selling art for a respected firm in Paris, and yet all the while, in spite of supporting a young family of his own, he squirreled away whatever money he could to keep his older brother Vincent in painter’s oils, food and accommodation. Granted it was a bare bones existence, but how much earlier would Vincent’s art life have ground to a halt without the support and belief of his brother?

Van Gogh painting 1 Van Gogh painting 2

For these, and countless other mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters who have believed in their offspring, siblings or friends, we say thank you for what your belief has held firm to bring to the rest of the worlds’ attention.

Previous thanksgiving article: Photography

The season of Lent asks of us for sacrifice and the foregoing of many things, but an attitude of joy and gratitude should not be amongst them.

As an exercise in almsgiving over the next 40 days, this webpage will joyfully give up its praise and thanks for one aspect of life, and not always necessarily a religious one.

At the outset it should be made clear the viewpoints expressed here are a matter of individual opinion. If any one item doesn’t coincide with your own personal tastes then why not seek to better it with some thanksgiving of your own rather than a critique? You are always welcome to do so at the Archdiocesan website feedback mechanism.

So we invite you to come, walk with us awhile, and be thankful as we journey together to Calvary and beyond to Easter.

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