As we celebrate and give thanks with family and friends, we remember and honor those who came before to make our celebrations possible and those who could not make the journey this year.
It is a time to thank the Lord for all of our blessings, family, friends and Country. A time to reflect on our Pilgrim forefathers who made the long and arduous journey across the sea, bringing their values, principles and faith as they founded this new Country and the Founding Fathers who later gave us our great Republic and our Freedom.
Give thanks to God for being so lucky, but don’t forget to remain ever grateful for those blessings and remember that with Freedom comes the responsibility to protect it.
Say a “Thank You” for the great silent majority that found its voice and rose up this year. Pray that they will be silent no more, that they and you will find the time and the strength to remain ever vigilant and the courage to speak out when necessary.
Rejoice, reflect and recommit to honor, protect and preserve our values, principles, faith and freedom for as another great American once said:
“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free”.
40th president of US (1911 - 2004)
A wonderful Thanksgiving to all!
God Bless You and Yours,
A Thanksgiving poem for you, enjoy:
On the fourth Thursday of every November
We reflect, rejoice and we all must remember
It is to give thanks this day that we all gather
With family, friends and others that matter.
We give thanks for our blessings and bountiful dinners
And pray for the Lord to forgive all that were sinners
Of those who no longer the journey can make, we will always remember,
The memories of them will burn in our minds like a glowing ember.
We celebrate the Pilgrims who survived those first harsh winters
Standing strong and grateful their hopes were not dashed to splinters
Give tribute to Squanto and the other caring Indians who,
Befriended the Pilgrims and helped them get through.
And to whom do we give thanks on this celebration day?
Certainly the patriots and leaders who a great part did play
In recognizing and defending all our God given rights
But, it is mostly to He on high whom shined the guiding light!
From Plymouth to Valley Forge and others where hard times were fought
Our Founders always reached out to thank God without second thought
Over the intervening years one fact has always remained clear
Our predecessors abiding faith in the Lord was always held dear!
Since the beginning there has always been the presence of God’s guiding hand
From the Declaration, to the Constitution, to the Great Seal of the Land.
“In God We Trust” is the motto of our great nation
To decry or dispute this would be beneath anyone’s station.
From ocean to ocean, from the Great Lakes to the Rio Grande
We celebrate the greatness and bounty of this our God given land
On our monuments and on our buildings our God we have praised
Yet among us are a few who would have all vestiges of God razed.
Now bow thy head please, for a moment and offer a prayer
That the Supreme Court of our Nation, the highest judicial layer
Might open their eyes and look around at all the abounding evidence
And realize that their separation of God and State is misguided jurisprudence!
Lest we forget or take for granted our most precious blessings and lose sight
Of “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness” our God given unalienable rights
Be thankful to be able at will to move about, for free speech and the right to assemble,,
For speedy public trial, fair bail and no unjust search and seizures, to make you tremble!
Be thankful this and each day for your blessings that do abound
Remember to be ever grateful, that your ship doth not run aground
Cherish your families and other loved ones who support you in all ways
Remain true to your heart and thank God for all, till the end of your days.
.Copyright 2010, Thomas J. Whitmore