Giving thanks for what we have has a great history in many cultures.
We free people of the United States of America have enshrined this day as a national holiday, Thanksgiving. We give thanks to our Creator, as the Wampanoag Native Americans before us on this land, for our harvest of plenty.
According to the Plimouth Plantation one of our forebears Edward Winslow wrote to a friend in England, and said: “And God be praised, we had a good increase…. Our harvest being gotten in, our governor sent four men on fowling that so we might after a special manner rejoice together….” Winslow continues, “These things I thought good to let you understand… that you might on our behalf give God thanks who hath dealt so favourably with us.”
As we celebrate with a feast today I am thankful for much.
- I am thankful for life. I am thankful for the love, trust, respect, and support of my wife.
- I am thankful for my two beautiful, talented, loving children.
- I am thankful for wonderful family and friends around the world.
- I am thankful for living in the greatest country on earth, the U.S.A.
- I am thankful for the freedom of expression, of conscience, of religion, we all have here.
- I am thankful for the opportunity for productive work.
Those words have real meaning, and you have much to be thankful for too. For all of the complaints we might have in our lives, our blessings far outweigh them. Remember, somebody else has it far worse than you.
For what are you thankful today?
Note: I ran an informal poll on the radio and my Facebook page asking about favorite desserts for Thanksgiving, and it was a dead heat between pumpkin pie and pecan pie.
All of our freedoms, our Constitution and Bill of Rights, our shores, our homes, our communities, are free from foreign occupation thanks to all who have served our country with honor in the armed forces. A sincere and heartfelt thank you.
On this day, please take time to reflect on how we not not under British, German, or Japanese control. Thank you to our veterans.
And days like this when I reflect on our free country, I am concerned that many do not understand the word sovereignty. According to Merriam Webster, it means a country’s independent authority and the right to govern itself or freedom from external control.
To me U.S. sovereignty means our borders are secure, our citizens are the first priority, our freedom, liberty, and pursuit of happiness are the focus of the government we elect. That is what veterans served to protect and each and every chance we get, we must remind those that serve us in government of that sovereignty and sacrifice.
We must also remember that many service members need our help and we owe it to them: Proper medical care at a minimum, respect in our community, and our effort at their integration into civilian society.
Take a moment today to thank a veteran.
On this 237th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, enjoy time with your family , your loved ones, your friends, your neighbors, and be thankful for our freedoms. Look around the world and you will quickly see we are still the beacon of liberty and freedom. And reflect on these words as written by our brave forebears:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
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