When I was a child Thanksgiving was about family, football, and food. My parents, brother, grandparents, aunt and uncle, and cousins all came together under one roof around 3PM at my aunt and uncle’s house. We would watch some football, laugh at stupid jokes, and then gather around the table at 4PM to eat some bird and stuffing. One of us kids would always say grace before we started passing the bowls of food around the table. This is how it played out every year up until I left home to embark on my life journey.
Those were good times and good memories.
That was 25 years ago. Today Thanksgiving is still a very special day to me; however the way I now celebrate and how I view the role it plays in our culture has changed because I have changed. Life has changed me. Experience has changed me. And most importantly God has changed me. I don’t normally write about my views on God because for me God is a very personal thing. My understanding of God’s will is based on my experiences and personal relationship with Him. It’s not a cookie cutter understanding of God that can be applied to all. It’s meant for my simple mind, for my understanding. What I do know is that since our beginnings God has always been the centerpiece in most American families and their communities across the nation.
With God in our lives we found the courage to declare our independence, the compassion to heal a nation after a terrible civil war, the determination to make it through a great depression, and the strength to defeat the Germans and Japanese in World War II, With God in our lives we are a people grounded in principle. We are a people with charity in our hearts. We are a moral and just people who seek the truth and admonish and hold accountable those who would suppress it. We are a people who places God above government. This is who we once were with God in our lives and who we might be again one day if we choose. This Thanksgiving I ask God to forgive us for our transgressions and thank Him for all the blessings He continues to bestow upon us even though so many have rejected Him. With God all things are possible, without God we will fracture apart as a people and as a nation and America will be no more. It’s time to get things right with God and invite Him back into our lives. When we do our nation will heal and once again prosper because we as a people will heal and prosper.
Liberty forever, freedom for all!