Thursday, November 25, 2004

Happy Thanksgiving
Today is a beautiful day, when you think about it. Across this great country, every citizen (or pretty close to it) is pausing. We all get a day of rest (and stress), a day with family and friends, whose entire purpose is to reflect on the blessings of life. Sure, we eat too much, and we all know the stories about uncles who get too drunk and angry, or about women doing all the work and men passing out on the couch in front of a football game. Family is stressful, as is cooking for 20 people, and when you add alcohol and football, you're sure to have some issues. But when you come right down to it, we are extremely lucky as a nation, and we have a lot for which to be grateful.

I won't turn this into a political message by listing the things that I'm thinking of specifically. But in your thanks today, reflect on the things that you love about this country, and include those. Thank God with all your heart, because by just putting you in this country, He has done you a great service.

At the same time, it's important today to think of those who are not quite as fortunate as Americans. In that spirit, I forward you to Heifer International. This is a spectacular organization that has long been one of my favorite charities. As a poor college student, it's tough to give them much, but I toss a few dollars out when I can, and my parents and church have given to them in the past. So what do they do? They give a goat, or a water buffalo, or rabbits, or whatever livestock the people of a certain region need for self-sustainability. Take a look through their site, and if you've got some extra money you can spare, why not make Thanksgiving a day of charity as well.

Happy Thanksgiving to you all. And remember, among my thanks today, I will include the small but hearty bunch of you that have been loyal readers. So thanks!

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