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In 1986 composer Don Moen released the song “Give Thanks,” urging us to thank God – the Holy One – with a grateful heart. Historically we recall the Pilgrims gathering with the Native Americans to give thanks to God for the abundant harvest they had gathered. The participants’ celebration was especially grateful because it followed a time of severe famine and hardship. This is our time to give thanks as we gather with family and friends; grateful to be together once again as this grueling test of adversity seems to be lessening.

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DES MOINES — Gov. Kim Reynolds signaled a return to normalcy Tuesday by pardoning two turkeys while cautioning Iowans to remain vigilant against COVID-19 when they gather for Thanksgiving celebrations this week.