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Thankful for the Freedom to Worship

I am thankful that I live in a country where I have a choice to worship freely.  We are coming fast to the Thanksgiving season.  We so often associate it with turkey, ham, stuffing, all the rich side dishes.  But what about the reason we really celebrate the holiday?  Do we celebrate because we are thankful for family, home, friends, nice things, and let us not forget that football game!  Those are truly wonderful things (except maybe football {smile}) to be grateful for, but what is Thanksgiving?

Webster, {you remember him, the man who had a way with words}  defines Thanksgiving as:   1) the act of giving thanks; 2) a prayer expressing gratitude; 3) a public acknowledgment or celebration of divine goodness. 

I thought about a "short" history lesson on the first Thanksgiving.  After I started to put together the information, I realized why history class in school always seemed to be the longest class,  there is so much to tell in so little time.  So I will leave you with this for now, I am thankful for those who have endured so much to allow us to have the freedom to worship.  I am thankful for those who still fight for us to worship freely.  It is a freedom we should never take lightlly!


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I’ll bless her all my days for all her gentle ways.
Oh, how I thank my Lord above for my mother’s gentle love.

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