We Have Much For Which To Be Thankful!

We celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday next week, and as a community we have a lot for which to be thankful.
There will always be good things happening, and some not-so-good that test our faith in the future, but we have to believe that good always prevails in the end.
There are deaths which cause grief in families, but births and other events that bring great joy. Montgomery may not be the All-American #1 city of the midwest, but as the old saying goes, “It ain’t too bad!” 
In this area and elsewhere, the turmoil in the Catholic church is causing a great test of faith and turmoil among believers, and confusion because of contradictions in the previously announced health care (insurance) mandates are just two of the major issues involving the local area and nationally on a much larger scale. There may also be others, with which individuals and families are dealing, but as one wise old sage often said, “All things will straighten out if we keep our heads and give them time.”
It may also be a good time for our thoughts and prayers (if we are persons of prayer) for both the victims and those accused of the aforementioned misconduct.
Let’s have our turkey dinners, football games, family reunions and all that on Thursday, Nov. 28, but let’s also remember that it is Thanksgiving Day, and observe it as such with at least a brief moment of gratitude for our blessings.
It is from our Pilgrim Fathers and their grateful prayers in the wilderness on a long-ago November that our present Thanksgiving derives. They set an example in word and deed which we might well remember at least once a year. Even before the Mayflower landed them at Plymouth, they had written in the compact: “We whose names are underwritten have undertaken, for the glory of God, to establish in Virginia the first colony for the advancement of the Christian Faith.”... So glorious our heritage, so short our memories!
There will be a Thanksgiving Ecumenical Service next Tuesday, Nov. 26, starting at 7 p.m. at the Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church. This is a time when the community comes together, irregardless of beliefs or church affiliation, to give thanks for our many blessings. There will be one ecumenical choir for the service, and that alone should be something special, for we have many talented singers and musicians who are sure to put on quite a program.
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What is good government?
Perhaps the best definition of all is found in Thomas Jefferson’s first inaugural address: “A wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned—this is the sum of good government.”
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Let no feeling of discouragement prey upon you, and in the end you are sure to succeed.—Abraham Lincoln.