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Blessings at Thanksgiving

Updated on September 8, 2011

"A day off from work, I don’t have to do anything"

It has been 390 years!  In that length of time many things have been forgotten or pasted over.  Most people now days think only of themselves, the here and now, with little remembrance of yesterday much less 390 years ago and what people were thankful for.  “What is so special about this one day anyway,” you say.  “A day off from work, I don’t have to do anything, this is America and I have my freedoms.  You can’t make me do what I don’t want to do.  This is the twenty-first century so why can’t I just have a few beers, watch the ball games or do whatever; it’s my choice isn’t it?  I don’t see the big deal about Thanksgiving.”

Thanksgiving Bounty
Thanksgiving Bounty

The only thing good about Thanksgiving is the turkey

You are right you don’t have to do anything and if you did it wouldn’t be from a heart of love.  Sounds like you’ve gotten your way all your life.  Just hid away in your little shell and Friday, it will all be over and oh yea, the Christmas sales begin and that will help you to forget about all this sentimental junk about being thankful anyway.  Then you say, “The only thing good about Thanksgiving is the turkey, don’t you think?  You don’t… really?“

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1st Thanksgiving

I’m thankful for the same reasons the pilgrims were

Really, I am thankful for Thanksgiving and that God allowed me to be born in America. Well, I think I’m thankful for the same reasons the pilgrims were, 390 years ago. I’m thankful for God’s protection in this land, He doesn’t have to do that you know. Yes, I realize, Thanksgiving is the only true American holiday but let’s not be so arrogant to think that by being born American, He owes it to us. Let’s not be too demanding of the Creator of the universe. His protection is not automatic, in fact it’s conditional. 2 Chronicles 7:14 says, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and will heal their land.”

I’m thankful to God…

Besides our protection God is also our provision. Matthew 7:7-8 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened”. Now if the pilgrims knew this and wished to give God the thanks for His blessings… I too, claim to know God through His son Jesus then I should also recognize that God’s grace is also on me and my family because of our acceptance of what His son Jesus has done for us through simply believing on Him. I’m American and I’m thankful that I was born free, can worship God as I please and even make this statement without fear of reprisal from a government of totality. I’m thankful for my family and for my friends and neighbors, and I’m thankful for the rights granted me under our Constitution and my freedoms. I’m thankful for young men and women willing to protect me and my country while risking their own lives often far away and even remotely stationed. Yes, I’m thankful this Thanksgiving, I’m thankful to God…

© 2010 SamSonS


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  • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Tennessee

    thank you Specialk3749 for your nice comments and I hope you had a glorious Thanksgiving...

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    Karen Metz 

    8 years ago from Michigan

    I'm thankful to God too! I am also thankful that I do not have to go through the things that the first pilgrims had to go through to establish our land. Happy Thanksgiving!

  • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Tennessee

    thanks 50 for your heart felt comments; always a joy to write when appreciated by friends like you.


    *and thank you dahoglund for your share, employment is definitely better than unemployment...

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    Don A. Hoglund 

    8 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

    We had Holidays with my sons family who lived about 30 miles from us. However, because of the economy he had to move to the Minneapolis-St Paul area where he found employment with a former employer,I am thankful that he has work even if we see less of them.

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    50 Caliber 

    8 years ago from Arizona

    Samsons, you've got your heart and mind in the right place seems to me. I enjoyed this write much. I like the last 15 years am spending the day alone in the woods winding down a successful hunt that will fill my freezer for the year. I find myself thankful for many things this is just one of them many more are folks like you, that emit a heart warming message that we as Americans are not beat yet and have much to be thankful for.

    Happy Thanksgiving! from Hannagans meadow Az, 50

  • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Tennessee

    Thanks 'C' and Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.


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    Chris Merritt 

    8 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

    Nice hub,

    Have a great Thanksgiving samson!



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