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Letter to the editor: Take time to really be thankful for what we have in this country

Thursday, November 28, 2013 - 12:01 am

Once a year, our nation is called on to give thanks nationally, but do we?

Do we really take the time to think about all that we have as families, churches, as a nation?

Or do we give lip service to the day and quickly turn on the big parade, stuff ourselves with the stuffed turkey and then spend the rest of the day glued to whatever football game is on?

Just what do we as a nation have to be thankful for? What does each of you as a person have to be thankful for? How is your health? How is your family’s health?

Did you have something to eat this morning? Did you have a nice warm bed to sleep in last night? Warm clothing for the winter?

Are you free to worship as you please? Can you travel from here to there without worrying about your safety?

Now I realize some are out of work right now, but I also know there are many people willing to help with finances and food if you will but ask. I also know that there are places that will help provide a place to stay and clothes for the colder weather if we swallow our pride and ask.

To put this in perspective, let’s check around the world right now. People in the Philippines are without food, shelter or clothing right now due to the typhoon that hit there.

In the Congo, women and children are being brutally raped and killed as a result of the religious wars. In other countries in Africa, civil war is ongoing. In the Middle East, it is a life-or-death issue if you become a Christian.

So, what can we do to make this a really good Thanksgiving? How about volunteering to help at a soup kitchen or the Rescue Mission?

How about sharing your wealth to provide food, clothing or shelter for someone in need?

How about just taking time to enjoy your families for a while before turning the boob-tube on, or spend time playing games with them?

How about taking time to pray for those less fortunate than you are and to give thanks to our heavenly father for all that we do have?

Wow! Imagine if everyone took 15 minutes on Thanksgiving to tell God “thank you,” for all he has provided for us this year! Then spend another 10 minutes to pray for those without provisions or who are in bad health. You might find your day really has become a day of Thanksgiving!

Linda Demorest