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Thanksgiving – 2017

Thanksgiving - 2017

Today is Thanksgiving, a day to pause to give thanks for our blessings. It is a time to gather together with our families and friends to share in a good meal, and some good conversation.

No matter what your life is like, you can find something to be thankful for, if you are honest. Yes, the world is as messed up as it has ever been, but what else is new? Really. Was last year any better? Or the years before? Family and friends make this crazy life worth living, so appreciate them while you have them. Who knows what tomorrow will bring?

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. The turkey that is golden brown, sitting on the table with mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce and vegetables of many varieties, bring smiles to everyone’s face, as we sit down to enjoy the feast that was prepared with love.

We are on our best behavior on Thanksgiving. Even the children aren’t fighting. At least it is true in my house. Why can’t it be true every day?

At the first Thanksgiving, in Plymouth Plantation, the local Native Americans brought food to the hungry Pilgrims, in a gesture of friendship. I have a suggestion for you. Instead of going on a frenzy of shopping on Black Friday, why not take a box of canned goods to the local food pantry or soup kitchen, to help those less fortunate than you? Or take some old clothes that you don’t wear any more to the local Goodwill, or Salvation Army store? By giving to those less fortunate than yourself, you are giving thanks in a meaningful way.

Thanksgiving, like Christmas, has always been a time of kindness, in my life. May you share a kindness with others on these days, and throughout the year. In spite of our troubles, most of us have many reasons to be thankful. Just pause to realize how true it is.


Shorty Dawkins



  1. Have a God-blessed Thanksgiving Day!

    The following is a prayer that could and should be prayed today.

    Dear God of our Christian forefathers, the unseen yet all-powerful Creator of our Union and the Director of its destiny:

    We thank you that you have blessed us with a bountiful harvest yet again which has given us plenty to eat. You also have shielded us mercifully from war, from disaster, and from contagious diseases.

    While this day has been set aside as a national day of thanksgiving, we, nevertheless, have every reason daily to thank you for your uncountable gifts of goodness; for your compassions for us do not fail. They are new every morning. Daily and richly you have provided us with all which we would need to support our body and life, though we are not worthy of the least of your mercies.

    Still greater than these, however, are your bountiful, spiritual blessings in which you sent your Son, Jesus Christ, down to earth for the gracious purpose of assuming our sins’ guilt, and for suffering the world’s punishment to enable us to attain heaven. What a giver of every good gift you are!

    In light of this, move our hearts to appreciate both you and your gifts of grace more!
    Indeed, teach us that we only could thank you properly from our hearts after you would have converted us powerfully by your gospel words to receive a new heart which truly loves you and appreciates your gracious salvation!

    Especially on this day, comfort the grieving and the afflicted! Lift up their hearts to receive joy from your gracious, gospel pledge of pardon! Befriend the widows and orphans with your gospel promise of sustaining strength for their lonely souls!

    Above all, bless you for blessing us!

    We pray this in Jesus’ saving name. Amen!

    Gene Urtel – The Rivertown Press

  2. Thanksgiving Day: a brief history.

    “Since the days of President Lincoln the custom has been observed in our land that the President of the United States issues a thanksgiving proclamation and advises all the inhabitants to meet in their houses of worship on the last Thursday in November and to return thanks to God for the blessings which He bestowed on the nation during the past year.

    “It is not generally known that this custom dates back no further than to the time of the Civil War. But the fact is that no President has issued a thanksgiving proclamation prior to Lincoln, excepting Washington, the first President of the Union. His example was not followed by his successors in the presidential office, because the Governors of the different States appointed days of thanksgiving for their own States on various dates.

    “But since the days of Lincoln the Governors throughout the country issue a thanksgiving proclamation for the same day which the President appoints, and the last Thursday in November thus came to be the national Thanksgiving Day observed in every State of the Union. Though the majority of our inhabitants, according to statistics, attend no church, yet… the President advises us to thank God, which we may do with a cheerful heart” (Henry Sieck).

  3. Happy thanksgiving, everyone! May God cast his Blessings upon you!

    Jesus, Matthew 20:25: “…the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who are great exercise authority over them. Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant.”

    Mark Twain: “For in a Republic, who is “the country?” Is it the Government which is for the moment in the saddle? Why, the Government is merely a servant – merely a temporary servant; it cannot be its prerogative to determine what is right and what is wrong, and decide who is a patriot and who isn’t. Its function is to obey orders, not originate them.”

  4. During the Civil War “Lincoln” needed more votes to win his re-election, so he gave every Union Soldier two weeks off from the war front if they would come home for the Holiday and they must cast a vote for Lincoln during the new holiday of thanksgiving. Lincoln then divided the state of Virginia in too West Virginia and what is now just Virginia so he might gain a few more electoral votes. So Thanksgiving is a day and vote for Lincoln all over again.
    Tuxkabin has spoken. Happy Thanksgiving to all. OK’s

  5. Christmas the promised gift fulfilled; today give thanks for those who gave and sacrificed to cross a raging sea, endure unknowns, and give their life so that who follow will be equally blessed.

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