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Let’s give thanks

If you partake of a holiday feast later this month, before tryptophan-induced slumber sets in, think and take inventory of why we should give thanks.

Bogged down with dealings of everyday life, we sometimes forget how blessed we are. I’m fortunate that I’ve realized there is one who, though rich, became poor so that through this poverty, I would become wealthy. You can, too.

No, I’m not monetarily rich, yet through him I posses everything I need. There’s deeper meaning to life; we’re physically dying yet for now we live on; personal reflection shows me life’s not always about me. Satisfaction comes in sharing good things I’ve found. Don’t be silenced with envy, blinded by possessions or deafened by roaring perceived success.

Someone once said, “Instead of comparing our lot with that of those who are more fortunate than we are, we should compare it with the lot of the great majority of our fellow men. It then appears that we are among the privileged.”

These sentiments came from someone who knew about truly being mute, blind and deaf. Her name: Helen Keller.

We’ve certainly been in the midst of polarizing political climates lately. It’d sure be nice to air our country out in a wind of unity. Let’s remember original foundations that made this country great. Unfortunately, division is not a rarity in America’s history. During a previous time of not-so-civil turmoil, a great U.S. president, desiring to re-unite this nation, discussed the matter with his officials. In Washington, Oct. 3, 1863, he gave a proclamation to which he put his hand by affixing the United States Seal. It declared the last Thursday in November a day of thanksgiving. Referencing the many things that make this a blessed nation he authored these words:

“They are the gracious gifts of the most high God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. 

“… It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged, as with one heart and one voice, by the whole American people. I do, therefore, invite my fellow-citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next as a day of thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent father who dwelleth in the heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to his tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the imposition of the almighty hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it, as soon as may be consistent with the divine purpose, to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquility and union.” — Abraham Lincoln

Anthony Rabak lives in Alta Sierra.

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