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Thanksgiving 2021

Thank God for all His blessings.

Thank Him for the United State of America, for freedom and liberty.

Tell Him how much you value His given-rights, and ask Him for strength to stay steadfast to our responsibility to preserve them.
Thank your family and friends for their love.
Thank those who sacrifice time and even life everyday … police, firefighters, EMS, doctors and nurses and other medical workers, our military, the border patrol.
Thank the grocer, the mailperson, the trash collector, the guys who plow the snow from the streets, the water department, the crews that climb the poles to restore power when the weather is dangerous.

Thank God for all His blessings,
And never forget, His greatest blessing to us all is each other.

God bless America.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Emily Jashinsky: Thanksgiving Is Meant For The Bad Times As Much As The Good

“In the midst of a civil war of unequalled magnitude and severity … peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict,” Lincoln wrote. The first two sentences of his Thanksgiving proclamation make note of “bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come.”

The first Thanksgiving itself celebrated not merely a bountiful harvest, but a bountiful harvest enjoyed amidst suffering and scarcity. “For the English, [the first Thanksgiving] was also celebrating the fact that they had survived their first year here in New England,” Tom Begley of Plimoth Plantation told the History Channel.

Both the English and the Native Americans present at the first Thanksgiving had strong traditions of ritual gratitude. “We as native people [traditionally] have thanksgivings as a daily, ongoing thing,” Linda Coombs, a former director of the Wampanoag program at Plimoth Plantation, explained to the Christian Science Monitor. “Every time anybody went hunting or fishing or picked a plant, they would offer a prayer or acknowledgment.”

Pain and suffering are baked into the very fabric of Thanksgiving, as well they should be. We give thanks not to whitewash history or mitigate challenges of the present. We give thanks because of those struggles.

Modernity cushions us from the suffering that induced these ritual expressions of gratitude. In this age of dollar-menu abundance, where starvation in our country is rare, rich and poor alike are less reliant on nature for immediate survival and therefore less likely to celebrate every bite of turkey or every sip of water. But our food and other bounties still sustain us. We need them to survive, no matter how easy it is for us to eat or treat the common cold.

The Bible is clear that we are to give thanks “in all circumstances.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18.)

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