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When the world overwhelms

Don't run with the turkeys, but walk with God

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It’s the time of year when thoughts turn to sitting down at the table together for holiday meals. Images of gatherings filled with laughter and conversation and plates piled with turkey and stuffing abound. But recently I’ve been introduced to another and newer Thanksgiving tradition — the turkey trot, with runners organizing races to raise money for a variety of charitable purposes. And just like that, my thoughts are filled with images of running turkeys.

Purportedly, wild turkeys can run up to 25 mph. Although technically a limited number of people in the world can run as fast as a wild turkey, many of us, regardless of our physical abilities, have developed quite an aptitude for fast running.

When there’s uncertainty, we’re ready to run. The stock market soars one minute and plunges the next. We’re ready to run.


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