Happy Thanksgiving!

 

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Today, we Americans give thanks for the many blessings we enjoy. 

Yesterday, I wasn’t feeling very thankful. 

I had received a new tech form of internet access from my ISP.  No antenna on the roof necessary!  Apparently, it works similar to the way cellular tech works.  Except, cellular tech works.  My internet went down just a couple hours after receiving the new receiver. 

What a blessing that was!  A cousin is trying to start a lawn care business.  He found himself in a bad spot.  He had underestimated the amount of work necessary to clean the leaves from a rather large yard with some prolific oak trees.  (I would have underestimated the work, as well.)  The yard happened to be just a few blocks from my residence, so I was able to help him finish.  We must have filled 20 or so 40 gallon trash bags of mulched leaves!  The weather was perfect as was the exertion necessary.  It was refreshing and invigorating! 

Because my internet was down, and we had little else to do, we completed the day in fine workmen tradition, by gathering back at my home and drinking much of the profits, discussing the days exploits and other past events with an eye towards the future.

Sometimes, blessings come by strange happenstance.  And so it was for the Pilgrims of so long ago.  I won’t bore you with the oft told story of Thanksgiving, but, it’s worth noting the adversity and challenges they went through.  Who could have foreseen the bounties the land would yield as they struggled to survive in what must have seemed such a harsh and uncompromising environment?

In the many years since, though adversity and struggle remains with us, wondrous treasures and blessings have been poured upon the inhabitants of the land we call America! 

While many of us, myself included, dwell upon the many difficulties and challenges we have today, too often we overlook the many things we have to be thankful for. 

The things we have to be thankful for are too many to list.  I’ve suggested this before and I’ll restate it here.  Providence guided us here.  Providence touched this land.  There is no place on earth that has the abundance this land has.  Providence oversaw our forefathers and guided them through their struggles.  This has provided us with a legacy to be jealously guarded and treasured.  It is through our struggles which make us a hardier stock.  Our struggles and challenges today, like the struggles and challenges of our forefathers, only serve to make us stronger people.  Like silver met with the furnace, the dross is scraped away.  So, when the ill winds blow against us, be thankful.  It is only the ill winds that can allow us to measure, in some fashion, to the legacy bequeathed to us from our forefathers.  

While many of us note our liberties and freedoms are being eroded away, be thankful we know what we’re suppose to have.  While our political leaders and judges impignorate (word of the day!)  our nation and people for generations to come, be thankful.  We have a clear vision of what is necessary to resolve this great issue. 

To understand how and why we should be thankful for these things consider a people in a land which wasn’t blessed by Providence.  Consider a people whose forefathers were not guided by the Hand of God.  Those people in those lands would have long ago been brought asunder.  We still have our bountiful land.  We still have our heritage and legacy, the documents, the frames, the history.  All of this is ours!  And, now, we have our own legacy to carve out and bequeath to our children.  No, it isn’t easy, but, the choice is still ours to make.  Billions of people in the past, today, and in the future had and have no such choice to make.  So, while we have much to fret over, and much more to be thankful for, the greatest of all to be thankful for is the destiny we control.  

God Bless all, and happy Thanksgiving

James

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58 Responses to Happy Thanksgiving!

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  2. HankH says:

    Happy Thanksgiving James!

  3. kelly liddle says:

    Happy Thanks giving to James, Hank, Phil, Mike, Leftin, David, Kim, Jim, PHD and all the rest including you Gator.

    I have a couple of questions about your holiday. Which is bigger to you Thanksgiving or Christmas? Is Thanksgiving religious at all?

  4. Jim Masterson says:

    I’m thankful that I found this site, and I’m thankful that James hasn’t banned me yet.

    Happy Thanksgiving.

    Jim

  5. suyts says:

    Following Kelly’s lead, in retrospect, I should have included a special thanks to all of the readers and commenters here.

    One of the things I take great pride in is the wonderful exchange of thoughts and ideas we have here. It isn’t so much of anything I do, but rather the people who contribute to this blog with their thoughts and insights.

    As Kelly has stated in the past, is that people here can disagree without being entirely disagreeable. (relatively speaking) Other blogs digress into the equivalent to a shouting match. But, most here have thick skins and present actual arguments.

    I won’t name all because there are many and I’d fear leaving a couple out, but, I do wish to say thank you to all who contribute to what I think is a wonderful blog. Not because of me, but because of the people who frequent this blog.

    Thanks again,

    James.

  6. miked1947 says:

    I will jump in and add my Happy Thanks Giving to all as well.
    I will also add a well wish for Latitude also. Your knowledge is much missed on these matters. As is your sense of humor.

  7. Gene Nemetz says:

    Should be a good game between the Cowboys and Redskins.

  8. Vickie says:

    Happy Thanksgiving James and Family, and to all of the readers. And ” GO COWBOYS” LOL šŸ™‚

  9. Bruce says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to everyone here! Thanking God for his provision to us is a good thing, which us Aussies tend to be very complacent about. On the other hand the start of the original penal colony in NSW wasn’t something that the inmates were especially happy about. Things have gotten better since.

  10. Gene Nemetz says:

    Orton…..paging Kyle Orton

  11. Gene Nemetz says:

    Schottenheimer…..pager Marty Schottenheimer

  12. suyts says:

    Well, Sanchez is back to being Sanchez.

  13. Gene Nemetz says:

    Tebow…..paging Tim Tebow…………

  14. Gene Nemetz says:

    Death, taxes, and the Patriots are going to run the score up.

  15. kim2ooo says:

    GO BROSICOPS!!!!

    GO GO GO!

  16. Gene Nemetz says:

    Tebow has a rib injury. Rex Ryan just said he was only going to use Tim Tebow if he absolutely had to. He just doesn’t get it.

  17. Gene Nemetz says:

    Mark Sanchez just was interviewed. If I had the chance I’d ask him, “Do you feel like you’re in over your head?”

  18. Gene Nemetz says:

    Bill Belicheck should take a lesson from DeAngelo Hall who slid down at the 3 after the onside recovery.

  19. Gene Nemetz says:

    James,

    what are your thoughts for USC vs ND?

    • suyts says:

      I would expect ND to be up for the game. If they are, I don’t think USC has a team to beat ND.

      • Gene Nemetz says:

        USC may want to go out with something positive from the season. This year’s been a disappointment for them. They may be fighting very hard, even with a back up QB. I think they’re going to win. I don’t think ND really is the #1 team in the nation. I doesn’t fit well they should be in the National Championship. But then life isn’t always fair. So maybe they can find a way to win.

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