Let’s Give Thanks for All Our Blessings This Thanksgiving

By DeDe Hausmann

How do you and yours celebrate this holiday?  Is the turkey and all the trimmings the central focus of Thanksgiving or do you take time to recognize all the blessings you have?

Many Americans are still going through tight economic times.  We’ve either over-spent  and/or we haven’t set aside emergency funds to serve as a cushion when possible job losses, health issues or other major issues have unexpectedly occurred.  But times are getting better.  More people are back to work and we hear daily in the media how the majority of us are shopping for needs, not wants.   We have much to be thankful for.

We’ve been told, since we were kids in elementary school, that the Pilgrims and the Indians joined together, after getting past their differences, and enjoyed a feast of foods that they had harvested.  Everyone had gone through tough times but they learned that by accepting each other and working together much could be accomplished.   So they sat down and feasted together, to celebrate and to thank the Lord for the bountiful harvest, in their respective ways.  Think of all that they had to overcome to get to that first Thanksgiving:  tumultuous voyages across the ocean to an unknown land; creating new homesteads- sometimes in hostile territory; having to scrounge for food to eat-sometimes not knowing where their next meal was coming from, etc.  Ever wonder if you would have been able to do what our forefathers did to get to their first Thanksgiving?!

So let’s count our many blessings and be thankful for what we have, maybe it’s having a job, a roof over our heads, food to eat, clothes on our back, and very importantly, our family and friends.  May Thanksgiving 2010 be a special one for you and yours and thank the ONE who is there through thick and thin for all who believe.

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