by Wayne Simmes:
Today is Thanksgiving, a day that has been set aside to celebrate with friends and family and to recall to mind all of the blessings that God has bestowed upon us. Of course in a larger sense we should express our thanks every day of the year, not just on one special day.
Today, I am thankful that I was born in a country that has more freedoms than any other. I am thankful that I can speak my mind (at least about most things) without fear of reprisal from the government. I am thankful that I have the freedom to write about things that interest me and a forum to post those things to share with other people. I am thankful that God gave me a brain and the ability to learn.
I am also thankful that God in his infinite wisdom, gave all of his children a wide variety of sights to delight the eyes, aromas to excite the nose, sounds that bring pleasure to our ears and textures to delight our sense of touch. If you ever doubt the existence of a higher power just look around you at the vast varieties of plants, birds and animals. Smell a flower, pet a dog or cat and taste a new food. It cannot be mere chance that all of these different and wonderful things just happened. It must be the design of someone much wiser and loving than we ourselves.
I am also thankful that the founding fathers of the United States were far wiser and more intelligent than any of our present politicians. If the constitution had been written today it would not be a mere 6 pages long. Our congressional leaders cannot even write a tax code or a health law that is less than 2500 pages in length. How then could those folks back there set out the principles for an entire new government on just 6 pages?
It is because they were doing something that they believed was for the benefit of the people. They were not concerned about their own petty differences. Today no law ever gets passed without adding something into it for the enrichment of the author.
I am sure that our founding fathers had selfish feelings. We all do because we are imperfect human beings. But they were able to set most of those feelings aside for the betterment of the general population.
And today I am also thankful for our new president. Although he is a deeply flawed individual, he has shown more concern for our country and its citizens than any other president in my lifetime.
It is my hope for you, that you have as many things to be thankful for as I have.
Have a wonderful day and remember to thank your creator for all your blessings.