Friday, November 26, 2010

Never too late for Thanksgiving

Now that are recovering from our turkey induced haze, the agony of yet another Lions’ loss, as well as the Black Friday scramble, perhaps we should spend a few minutes actually giving thanksgiving for our blessings. (Lets face it, not many did so on the holiday).  
In 1621, the Pilgrims in Plymouth celebrated with Native Americans a feast that spanned over 3 days, in which the Pilgrims gave thanks for the blessings they had received in the new world.  More poignantly, George Washington announced a Thanksgiving Proclamation in 1789, which, among other things, rendered “unto God our sincere and humble thanks” for, among others, “the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge, and in general for all the great and various favors which He hath been pleased to confer on us.”  
Washington also “humbly offer[ed] our prayers and supplications” to, among other things, “pardon our national and other transgressions . . . To render our national government a blessing to all people, by constantly being a government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed . . . .”
These sentiments, expressed over two centuries ago, cannot yet be improved.  Have a wonderful Thanksgiving season.

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