Although a time of giving thanks has been held and recognized by individual colonies and states throughout America since the 1600’s, it was President Abraham Lincoln who declared an official Thanksgiving Day. This thoughtful and gentle man chose to declare that we should take time to celebrate and to give thanks for our blessings and he did so during the single most cataclysmic times in American history.
And, so we gather with family and friends and indulge in turkey, stuffing, potatoes, yams and cranberry sauce to remember those people and things in our lives for which we are so very thankful. We take just a moment to look at our loved ones and recall those times they have brought joy to our lives and often a smile to our faces. We speak to our spiritual beliefs and we draw strength from the essence of our faith.
While you consider your blessings and embrace your loved ones, be thankful for them, embrace them and thank them for what they give to you; what they have given to you; and, well, for just being there.
May each of you find joy and fulfillment this Thanksgiving Day and may you celebrate that throughout the coming years.