Carol Platt Liebau: Thanksgiving Blessings to All!

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Thanksgiving Blessings to All!

As we celebrate this blessed day of Thanksgiving, it's a wonderful time to remember my favorite Thanksgiving hymn (which was actually incorporated into my November '98 wedding):

We gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing;
He chastens and hastens His will to make known.
The wicked oppressing now cease from distressing.
Sing praises to His Name; He forgets not His own.

Beside us to guide us, our God with us joining,
Ordaining, maintaining His kingdom divine;
So from the beginning the fight we were winning;
Thou, Lord, were at our side, all glory be Thine!

We all do extol Thee, Thou Leader triumphant,
And pray that Thou still our Defender will be.
Let Thy congregation escape tribulation;
Thy Name be ever praised! O Lord, make us free!

Despite the difficulties that may beset us personally, our country, and the world, there is so much for which to be thankful -- for wonderful family, loving friends, generous mentors and the work and aspirations that make life worth living.

I am grateful to live in a God-blessed country which has been given noble leaders of great religious conviction like George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, both of whom understood the importance of setting aside time to praise and thank the Almighty. And I, too, thank Him for the freedoms that are our birthright as His children and our heritage as Americans.

Please remember to say a prayer for the brave soldiers who won't have the opportunity to give thanks with their families this year because they are stationed far away, seeking to protect all of us and help freedom spread throughout the world. We are thankful for their courage and their sacrifice -- and that of their loved ones.

Finally, dear readers, I am thankful for you -- for your readership, your comments, and the honor you do me and this blog by your attention to it. To each of you and to those nearest and dearest to you, I wish a happy Thanksgiving, and many, many more!


Blogger Marshall Art said...

I like Thanksgiving more for the reminder of those who came to this New World to build something special. But I don't need a holiday to be thankful for the many blessings bestowed upon me, including people like Carol Platt Liebau who provide sensible insight and a forum for debate.

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