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National Family Month

November 21, 2012

by Wilma Lindquist
This is National Family Week in which Thanksgiving Day was set apart and is observed on the last Thursday of November as a proclamation in 1862. The Fulda Reading Club wishes to recognize the families importance and wish all a Happy Thanksgiving Day.



A Time of Thanksgiving

by: Wilma Lindquist

I would hope that just the word “thanksgiving” prompts us to become humble and reflect upon our blessings of which we have so many to be thankful. For those who have so much, perhaps our task is to remember when there was not so much and live our lives in gratitude.

Thanksgiving holiday should remind us of the Pilgrims who found a day in the midst of their battle for survival to praise God and ask for His blessings. We need also to give appreciation for the forethought of our forefathers who designed a government promoting the freedoms we enjoy and the inspiration they offered as they accepted daily changes and challenges.

The year 2012 has been a year of many types of disasters - droughts, hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, accidents, wars and terrorist acts. Therefore, for many there have been changes to accept in a mater of seconds. These issues of life and death reveal proof that somebody bigger than you or I is in control.

It is impossible to view a beautiful sunset, marvel at a vast ocean or thrill when looking at a majestic mountain range and not be filled with awe. The earth upon which we stand, the air we breathe, the water we drink, the vegetation we use and enjoy are all God’s gifts to us and we need to take time for appreciation and give thanks.

One of America’s most remarkable leaders, Thomas Jefferson, in 1776 was the nation’s voice when the congress chose him to write the Declaration of Independence. Later, he became the third president of the United States. Two of his most notable accomplishments during his terms in office were the acquisition of the Louisiana Territory and the organization and support of the Lewis and Clark expedition. As part of our heritage his voice proclaimed a national prayer which is just as meaningful today as it was in his time.

A National Prayer

Thomas Jefferson

Almighty God, Who has given us this land for our heritage, we humbly beseech Thee that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of Thy favor and glad to do Thy will. Bless our land with honorable industry, sound learning, and pure manners.

Save us from violence, discord and confusion, from pride and arrogance, and from every evil way. Defend our liberties, and fashion into one united people the multitude brought hither out of many kindreds and tongues.

Endow with the spirit of wisdom those to whom in Thy Name we entrust the authority of government, that there may be justice and peace at him, and that through obedience to Thy law, we may show forth Thy praise among the nations of the earth.

In time of prosperity, fill our hearts with thankfulness, and, in the day of trouble, suffer not our trust in Thee to fail; all of which we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen





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