Have a happy Thanksgiving

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Well, it’s turkey time again – family get-togethers, green bean casseroles and pecan pie.

Aside from the food and family, this very special holiday is one in which we all can participate regardless of religious affiliation, and it’s one of my favorites. It offers us a chance to reflect upon the things we can truly be thankful for. Sure, it would be easy to look back on the year and be reminded of the disappointments and failings – not all of which are of our own doing – but we are a people of endurance.

Even with such grayness, which seems at times to want to descend upon us and devour us, the smallest glimmer of hope is enough to give one the strength to carry on. It is for this reason that a time of thanksgiving allows us the opportunity, for a moment, to set aside the bad times and embrace the gifts that life has bestowed on us.

A visit from an old friend; the embrace of an aging parent even as you are embraced by your own children; the kindness of a stranger – each offers hope of a brighter future. For some, the expectation of better times seems so far away, and yet we endure. Our prayers, our determination and the memory of what we have achieved keep the spirit of hope alive. It is the love of our children that we keep looking for, the day when we can acknowledge that we stared despair in the face and did not surrender.

So, with all we have endured, let us be thankful for those things we hold dear, and thank God almighty for the blessings He has given to us at this special time of the year. We look forward to better times and a fruitful bounty for all. And it is with an open heart that my family extends to all a very special, happy Thanksgiving.

Larry Rodgers

Evans

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deestafford
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deestafford 11/27/13 - 11:48 pm
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We have so much to be thankful for in this country.

It's a shame we have so many who don't understand how great this country is and want to change it to something it was never meant to be...socialistic where everyone is equal no matter what their efforts may be.

When we talk about American Exceptionalism we don't mean that we think Americans are better than anyone else. What we mean is that we are exceptional because we are the first country ever founded on the belief that our rights come from God and not from the state. That's what makes us exceptional and it's hard for the left to stomach that there is a Creator who gave us our rights and that our rights are not bestowed on us by man or the government. This is so well articulated by George Washington when he proclaimed the first Thanksgiving in 1789.

As we give thanks for this great country let us remember that Ronald Reagan said that freedom is only one generation away from extinction. That is never truer than it is today because our young people of around college age don't even understand what the Cold War was about and the evils of communism and its stepsister socialism. They are being indoctrinated by the left in our colleges and we must do all we can to have them understand why this country is the greatest in history.

We must continue to fight for freedom because evil never sleeps.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 11/28/13 - 07:32 am
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Socialism is their god. All hail the state provider. What else
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could they have need of or want?

soapy_725
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soapy_725 11/28/13 - 07:34 am
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Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh
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down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. James 1:17

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jimmymac 11/28/13 - 08:44 am
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DEESTAFFORD
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Well said! America is indeed a great country and doesn't need transformed.

pearlthesquirrel
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pearlthesquirrel 11/28/13 - 09:52 am
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Really?
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".....our rights come from God........" Really?

Bizkit
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Bizkit 11/28/13 - 10:10 am
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Great letter. Happy

Great letter. Happy Thanksgiving one and all. Ho, Ho,Ho. I have a lot to be thankful for this year, but I do every year. It's all in how you look at it.

Darby
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Darby 11/28/13 - 11:46 am
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This just in...

The White House has issued a last minute reprieve for American Families...

OzBama the Great and Powerful has announced that...

If you like your turkey, you can eat it. Period!

KSL
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KSL 11/28/13 - 08:36 pm
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Wonder how mamy times Obama

Wonder how mamy times Obama xxx has celebrated Thanksgiving.

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