America has its faults – as does every country run by human beings.
But the collective they got it right when they established Thanksgiving as a national holiday.
Even as retailers push each year to pervert the intent and reach of the holiday, there is something extremely satisfying about setting aside a day a year to count one’s blessings.
For farmers its the harvest.
For the businessman or businesswoman the bounty of another year.
For the person of faith its the overwhelming thankfulness for blessings, family, grace, and daily breath which is guaranteed only moment by moment.
Even in the midst of trials, troubles, pain, riots, bickering politicians, the collective we have much to be thankful for.
May our bountiful Thanksgiving table make us remember what is truly important. May we appreciate the blessing, but remember those who need a tangible touch this holiday season. May we use our Black Friday shopping for the benefit of others. May we sit and reflect on the many blessings – and as the old hymn says – may we count every one of them.
Many of the trials, pains, and turmoil of this day would end stop in their tracks if each of us would really understand how much we have to be thankful for.
I hope everyone had a beautiful and blessed Thanksgiving Day as we usher in the most wonderful time of the year.