This Thanksgiving season, the Fannin Sentinel takes time to gather with our families and friends to give thanks for the blessings we have experienced this year. We count you, our readers, as some of those blessings.
Since 1621, when the Plymouth colonists and their native neighbors shared their first Thanksgiving feast, people have gathered to give thanks. Thanksgiving is the very first national holiday, proclaimed by President George Washington in 1789 as “a day of public thanksgiving and prayer.”
Today, as we see many around us struggling to make ends meet, it is important that we focus on the uniquely American traditions to lead us back to prosperity: freedom, equality, and the will to persevere and succeed. Thanksgiving is a special time for us to reflect on the past year and give thanks for our many blessings.
As Americans, we enjoy freedoms and liberties unrivaled anywhere else in the world. While we sometimes take for granted the sacrifices that our men and women in uniform have made to protect us and secure those freedoms and liberties, we are thankful for what our country offers.
There are no words to fully express the debt of gratitude we owe our soldiers and veterans, but especially during this Thanksgiving week, let us remember to thank them and their families for sacrificing so much so that we might be together in a free and united America.
Just this week, a veteran friend from another life stopped at my office. We served together in the Air Force and worked for the same governor. He told me he was dying. I didn’t believe him. But he persisted. and he told me some things he learned in his 65 years.
Looking at the decorations on the conference table, he frowned. Then he pulled out a card, much like a business card, that was printed both sides. He asked me to share the message with Sentinel readers. I didn’t read the card then, but I have since. I would like to share it with you.
“Thanksgiving Day is not just about memories, parades, football, and special dinners. It is also a day of thanks. The true meaning of Thanksgiving should not end after a prayer or a few seconds of meditation devoted to thanks. Thanksgiving means more than that . It’s important to remember that the word thanksgiving is composed of two words: thanks and giving.
Through the Holiday of Thanksgiving, we are reminded to give thanks and to share and give. The Holiday reminds us to share our economic and material wealth, and to share also our time and talents with other people who could use our help. In terms of thought and deed, the Holiday of Thanksgiving gives us an enriched perspective on the abundance in our lives.
“This Thanksgiving Day take a moment and reflect on what actions you can take in the next year to fully express the meaning of Thanksgiving. Can you think of a way to free-up one hour each week so that you can give that time to someone in need? What would you do during that time? By giving of your time and talent you are acknowledging that there is abundance in your life.
“As you sit down to dinner this Thanksgiving, spend a few moments giving thanks. Also, share with your family and friends what actions you will take in the next year to fully express the meaning of Thanksgiving. Then, on Thanksgiving Day 2018, as you sit down for dinner you will have a true perspective on the abundance of your life!”
May God bless you and your families this Thanksgiving, and may He continue to bless the United States of America. Elaine Owen, Editor