English: Seal of the Massachusetts Bay Colony

English: Seal of the Massachusetts Bay Colony (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

First of all I want to give thanks to Jessica, who is doing such a wonderful job of filling in for me, I hope she will keep on. I find that her viewpoint is unique and very useful.

I was digging around this afternoon and found one of our old toughbooks, it’s slow and ungainly but you can park your truck on it, and I managed to borrow a wireless connection from a friend so while, I’m here sort-of, I’m very limited, although not as much as my document reader.

But today is Thanksgiving and while things are not as good as they could be they could surely be worse. If you’re poor in America, it means that you only have one car, and can only afford McDonald’s. Poor in America is richer than probably 99% of the people who ever lived, so we all have things to be thankful for.

We are seeing a preview in the Middle east of what the world will be like after America, “Wars, wars, and lechery, nothing else holds fashion.” A reasonably peaceful world is one legacy that will not outlive America.

Thanksgiving is of course at it most basic a religious holiday, for the Massachusetts Bay colony that gave it to us was very much a theocracy, I’ve heard Puritanism described as “the haunting fear that someone, somewhere may be happy.” But those Puritans knew a good thing when they saw it, and America was a very good thing, and it just kept getting better.

So the basis of this day is that it is the day when Americans eat far too much, watch football (the real kind, Jess), 🙂 and give thanks to God above for the bounty that America has brought to the world.

My heritage is the German Evangelical and Reformed Church and now the Lutheran Church, in both churches, although not used as much now, many of us remember when the program read “Doxology” with no other information. In many of our families it is still used as table grace, I commend it to you.

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14 Responses to Thanksgiving

  1. Freedom, by the way says:

    Happy Thanksgiving, Nebraska.


  2. illero says:

    I think Jessica is doing a fine job filling in. Thanks for all the excellent food for thought that you folks provide.


  3. loopyloo305 says:

    God bless and Happy Thanksgiving!!!!


  4. mstrmac711 says:

    God Bless you and your family NEO. Days like today are reminders that despite a few disapointments in life, our God is still in control and is still preparing a place for us. Happy Thanksgiving


  5. giliar says:

    Happy Thanksgiving, NEO!!!


  6. JessicaHof says:

    Thank you Neo – and good to be back xx


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