Thanksgiving is a time for
remembering, for honoring traditions; a day of gratitude, a day of peace.
The story of the first Thanksgiving, when pilgrims and Native Americans shared a meal in 1621, is an appealing one. It conjures up images of camaraderie and friendship, of a cooperative community where people of different backgrounds gathered together at the same table to break bread and give thanks.
Perhaps this year more than ever, we need to focus on what unites us instead of what divides us.
Let's make this Thanksgiving an opportunity for those of different races, religions and political persuasions to come together, count our blessings and work toward making America a country where all can share in its bounty.
As we take a moment to bow our heads and thank God for our many blessings, may we also ask Him to help those who are struggling this holiday season. Let's remember especially those who serve this nation in the military, especially the men and women in harm's way in Afghanistan, and those at home who will celebrate this holiday with a loved one far from their dinner table. And let's also remember those whose family circle has been forever broken because of war.
Let's work to find some common ground by opening our hearts to come together in the spirit of good will for all men.
If we concentrate more on what brings us together than what tears us apart, we can all serve as a force for good this Thanksgiving, and throughout the coming year.
We wish our readers, their families and friends a blessed, joyful Thanksgiving celebration.