Celebrating by Giving Thanks

Today is the American Thanksgiving, the most important 100% American holiday.  George Washington declared the first of such celebrations, giving thanks to God for bestowing upon America the blessings of a new continent, and the bounty it contained.  He acknowledged that the tiny, new country was thriving, mostly due to God, and the efforts of His servants, the people who left England in their drive to be free.  Here is President Abraham Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation, which fixed the date for a national holiday.  Please note how pertinent it sounds, given our situation today.

It has pleased Almighty God to prolong our national life another year, defending us with His guardian care against unfriendly designs from abroad and vouchsafing to us in His mercy many and signal victories over the enemy, who is of our own household. It has also pleased our Heavenly Father to favor as well our citizens in their homes as our soldiers in their camps and our sailors on the rivers and seas with unusual health. He has largely augmented our free population by emancipation and by immigration, while He has opened to us new sources of wealth and has crowned the labor of our workingmen in every department of industry with abundant rewards. Moreover, He has been pleased to animate and inspire our minds and hearts with fortitude, courage, and resolution sufficient for the great trial of civil war into which we have been brought by our adherence as a nation to the cause of freedom and humanity, and to afford to us reasonable hopes of an ultimate and happy deliverance from all our dangers and afflictions:

Looking around you today, you might think that God has abandoned America, leaving it to the ravages of crime, pestilence, poverty, censorship, and conflagration.  Yes, we see those results of Leftist rule today, but that’s definitely not all we see, if we dig a little deeper.  We still see traffic jams on the roads, caused by millions of families on their way to Thanksgiving dinner with their families.  Why else are airports always crowded, than with people flying across the continent to celebrate with their relatives and friends?  For the past two years, we have not seen some of the charitable organizations opening their doors to the homeless and needy for Thanksgiving dinner (thanks to the Health Nazis).  But today, they are back in business, providing holiday meals and some cheer to those who are alone and friendless.  THAT is the best of America, with thousands of people opening their hearts to strangers.

Today, I am especially thankful that I am privileged to have been born, and live, in America.  I am most thankful today, for my husband, to whom I have been married for 19 years.  We both lost our jobs in 2020, but we soldier on.   Hubby has been so good for and to me.  I hold him close today, knowing that there are many women who have lost husbands lately.  Three of my Ricochet Family have lost their life-mates this year, and I mourn for and with them.  There will only be two of us at the Thanksgiving table today, but we are happy together, and do not worry too much about my own family having cast me out.  We have each other, and we look forward to a wonderful meal of turkey breast roast, asparagus, mashed potatoes, and cherry pie, followed up by glasses of Prosecco.

Life is still sweet for us here in America.  I wish all my followers and readers a Happy Thanksgiving.  Drink a toast to the Founders, who made possible this Greatest Country on God’s Green Earth.


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