Posted by Faye Bell on November 23, 2015 at 19:01:40:
Maybe A Different Look at THANKSGIVING ....
We live in a wonderful country and in spite of those faults we sometimes mummer about that we think are wrong with some of us, in our hearts we must be thankful for the blessings we share in the United States of America.
However, if our power is cut off suddenly we become thankful for electricity. If our garbage is not picked up, suddenly we become thankful for the garbage collector's stop. If our water becomes too polluted to drink then suddenly, we appreciate pure water. These things are just a 'drop in the bucket' of life, but we do become quite angered with everything around us when they happen.
If a good friend dies we suddenly discover how much he/she meant to us. Why is it that we take for granted the uncounted blessings of life until they are removed from us; the rain and soil combing to produce our food, and especially the love of family and friends surrounding us ..??
The fourth Thursday of November has been set aside as a day of thanks. The meaning of Thanksgiving has undergone numerous transitions -- an expression of gratitude for survival, a council’s recognition of its flourishing community, the defeat over the British, resulting in a collection of our nation’s traditions and values. Over the centuries, families have added their customs to the Thanksgiving celebration, preserving that which they held most precious.
TO GATHER IN UNITY – It is refreshing and invigorating when people come together, in celebration of a common purpose. It is a reconciliation of differences as well as a time of healing. In sharing our victories as well as our struggles, we find strength and hope.
TO TEACH THE YOUNG – In stories retold, each generation brings purpose and significance to the richness of their heritage. Faded pictures, sentimental knick-knacks, even the prayer of Thanksgiving before the meal all form a Thanksgiving family legacy.
TO PREPARE THE HEART – In gratitude, we humbly reflect upon all the gifts (family, friends, health) that saturate our lives. By “giving thanks” we choose to extend ourselves and give to others less fortunate. Out of the abundance of our hearts, we are able to offer our resources to help others.
We thank our God for being patient with us, for not forgetting us when we seem to forget Him. For loving and forgiving us, for music and singing, for rest and leisure, for those who understand us, and for laughter and joy. Most of all, we thank God for not withholding the blessings of life from us even though we take them for granted.
The world around us is in such turmoil and so many lives have been torn apart during the last couple of weeks, that we are constantly reminded how blessed we are to live here in America. May we always be conscious of that fact that our safety depends on those brave American heroes who are surrendering their lives and bravery so that we can feel as safe as possible here in America. It is our hope that at every Thanksgiving table these brave souls will be remembered for their love of our country and for what they risk for us on a daily basis.
Jim and I wish you and your loved ones a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving 2015, realizing how blessed we are to live in this wonderful land -- THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.