Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

November 27, 2013

Putting real thanks into Thanksgiving


Nov. 27, 2013 — Thanksgiving is tomorrow and most of us will heartily embrace that uniquely American tradition by gathering family around us and by eating too much.

But it should mean more to us than a big meal and time off from work or school.

The song, “Count Your Blessings,” has been around for a long time and seems even more appropriate at this time of the year.

We believe the chorus of that song says exactly what each of us should be thinking and doing on that special day and every day of the year.

Count your blessings, name them one by one,

Count your blessings, see what God hath done!

Count your blessings, name them one by one,

And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.

In the spirit of that great song and to encourage each of us to approach this special season with an attitude of gratitude, we share a brief list of blessings that affect most, in not all, of us in Carter County.

• The unconditional love and support of family members and friends who stand with us in good times and bad.

• The warm embrace of a supportive church family led by dedicated men and women committed to doing the Lord’s work and to strengthening our faith.

• The miracle of modern medicine which allows us to live longer and to enjoy a better quality of life than did our ancestors.

• The opportunity to pursue a profession or vocation that provides a standard of living allowing us and our families to realize the American dream.

• The freedom to travel where we please throughout this great country without interference or restriction by government.

• The privilege of voting in a free nation where we can cuss and discuss political matters but where we always make our changes with a ballot box instead of with bullets.

• The rewarding opportunity to become involved with non-profit organizations that feed and clothe the poor, that help disadvantaged kids experience the joy of Christmas, that honor veterans, that provide free or reduced cost medical care to those who cannot afford to pay and those performing countless other good works.

As we gather with our loved ones tomorrow, each of us will have opportunity to freely express our heartfelt feelings for each family member and friend.

Toward that end, we share these lines of verse from J. A. Shedd:

He who thanks but with the lips

Thanks but in part;

The full, the true Thanksgiving

Comes from the heart.