Wednesday, November 26, 2008

A Day to give Thanks

As I walked into the kitchen the aroma of turkey being roasted filled the air. It kind of saddens me that now days Thanksgiving and Christmas are probably the only two days of the year that the family will sit down together at a meal. I don’t know about many of you but this old man can still remember a time when meals were a family affair.

Benjamin Franklin proposed the turkey as our national bird and I have often wondered if we’d still be eating turkey on this day or not if he had his way. Its amazing though that this nation almost lost its chosen national bird but turkeys have survived and prospered throughout the time this nation has been in existence.

We, as a nation, have accomplished many things since our beginning days. We have grown from but a few to a size that takes up nearly half the continent now. We share this continent with but two other nations. Numerous wars dot the history of this country as we have grown. Many a man have died in the name we have given this nation and all valiantly and with honor.

A nation not united by the color of their skin, a nation not united by the religion that they practice, a nation not united by nationality, a nation not united by political affiliation or belief but a nation united in the spirit of the One above.

As Lincoln said when he made this day holy for all;

I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens.

And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union.”

May I echo this invitation to all that visit this day. When the family sits down at the dinner table, take but a moment to give thanks to Him above for all that He has given us. Pray that He might grant forgiveness to a nation that so sorely needs it so that it may declare in truth that it be a nation that is under His care.



tweetey30 said...

Happy Thanksgiving Griper. Enjoy your beautiful family and I have to say I wont be seeing any family from either side this year until next month for X-mas and its going to be an early x-mas for us.. About a week early.. Talk to you soon..

BB-Idaho said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you as well.
A unique holiday in a way..what other country had pilgrims? Or is as blessed in natural and human resource? When I was a kid, church
was part of Thanksgiving..the old
hymns, cornstalks along the pews..they don't seem to do that much anymore. But, we do the best we can, 2/3 of kids back from around the USA (and all the grandkids, hmm) then off to dine
with a family we have known over the years. I am much in demand for
the after dinner game Trivial Pursuit, being a trivial guy, as well as being a well-known turkey scavenger type. Tis a good holiday, and a time to be thankful...

dcat said...

Happy Thanksgiving Griper!

Just for the record don’t expect me to sit at a table and eat with Muslims!!! I ain’t gonna do it!!! I REFUSE!!! My guns are all loaded!


Sugarbabe said...

I have never missed wishing you happiness, especially on holidays. So here is another. Wishing you the best always...

Pasadena Closet Conservative said...

I'm thankful that my fellow conservative bloggers have such intelligence and character. God bless you, and have a happy Thanksgiving!

Jubilee on Earth said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, as well!

I just found your blog (not that it was hard to find... just never occurred to me to look). I've got some reading to do!

Enjoy the day...

Jubilee on Earth

The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

Very nice post. Happy Thanksgiving!

Anonymous said...

Happy Happy thanksgiving ....dearest Griper...hmmm wish we could share a nice turkey meal unfortunately distance prevents us from that so I hope you treated yourself to a nice feast...

Average American said...

...but turkeys have survived and prospered throughout the time this nation has been in existence...

Must be because we "culled" the stupid ones.

Hope you had a great Thanksgiving Day and that you left the table as stuffed as I did!


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