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Thanksgiving Eve Open Thread – I am thankful for….

To quote our own CivilTruth in a semi-private exchange, “Despite the dark clouds overhanging our nation, we have much to be thankful for.” He’s right in every nuance. There certainly are dark clouds, and yet we still have much to be thankful for.

For those of us not traveling tonight, if you want to share what you are thankful for this November, I welcome you to chime in. Make it as casual or as serious as you want to. Open thread, baby.

I’ll name a few things, and to tell the truth, the more I get to enumerating the bounties, the riches bestowed on me by the Most High God, the longer the list gets. But here’s a small list. I thank the Lord:

  • for bringing me into the world as a natural-born American.
  • for bringing me into the world as the son of my parents, the greatest parents in the world (or perhaps TIED with some others).
  • for bringing me into the world as a natural-born Texan.
  • for the gift of salvation and eternal life in heaven, made possible, and only made possible, by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
  • for surviving my 20’s. Nuf said.
  • for, in my lifetime, a series of best friends in different seasons, who have been loyal to a fault.
  • for eventually drawing me into a career that suits my temperament and my natural skills. It was something of a long road getting there. I began my career as a software developer at age 33.
  • for my current job, because I have a job.
  • for health through my life well beyond what I deserve.
  • for so many good friends and good people here in the right-side blogosphere and conservative political circles.
  • that the 70 days of 100+ degree days this summer finally came to an end.
  • for a world that seems to fairly teem with curvy little grown up brown girls. It would be an empty life for me without them.
  • for my whole family, full of people I love and who love me to the end.
  • for what will happen to change this world on January 20, 2013.

OK, your turn.

E Pluribus Unum
The weapons had evolved, but our orders remained the same: Hunt them down and kill them off, one by one. A most successful campaign. Perhaps too successful. For those like me, a Death Dealer, this signaled the end of an era. Like the weapons of the previous century, we, too, would become obsolete. Pity, because I lived for it.

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  1. You just about said it all, EPU, though we can’t all be from Texas! πŸ™‚

    But you’re right, and certainly Civil said it well, despite the shadows and clouds hanging over our nation, when we actually write that list, the blessings outnumber the bad.

    If we can hold that thought, we’ll be fortified to march forward, and never give up.

  2. The length of your list and the difficulty I have in coming up with my own list highlights how much I’ve let the political oppression of this time stifle my spirit. Clouds tend to do that, though. I oft have grim forebodings for our nation, the antidote to which I thinks starts with regaining perspective – and reading the New Testament examples of Paul and others, their thankfulness in the midst of far greater troubles that we’ve yet encountered in our land, is a start. But thinking and feeling is one thing, doing is something else. First would seem to shrink my “taking for granted” list of entitlements and moving them into the “things to give thanks for” list, and in the process appreciate their fragility.

    And let me not forget to thank you for the pat on my back here, buddy.

    • Well I know what you mean, when it comes to separating head and heart. But then maybe the struggle is not so much to separate them as to bring the heart in mind with what the mind knows. You wonder from what well of strength Paul and Silas called up the fortitude for this:

      After they had struck them with many blows, they threw them in the prison, and commanded the jailer to guard them securely. And he, having been given such a command, threw them into the inner prison, and fastened their feet in the stocks.

      So there they are, having been beaten, jailed, and put in stocks, by the authorities, no less. Pretty dark days.

      But about midnight, Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God…

      And perhaps here is the key. Their trials were for a Godly purpose, and we here in America should consider why the struggle is so difficult, why, in spite of a faithful number of Americans that is so much more than a “remnant”, the forces of Satan seem to have so much success in the near term.

      …and the prisoners were listening to them.

  1. You just about said it all, EPU, though we can’t all be from Texas! πŸ™‚

    But you’re right, and certainly Civil said it well, despite the shadows and clouds hanging over our nation, when we actually write that list, the blessings outnumber the bad.

    If we can hold that thought, we’ll be fortified to march forward, and never give up.

  2. The length of your list and the difficulty I have in coming up with my own list highlights how much I’ve let the political oppression of this time stifle my spirit. Clouds tend to do that, though. I oft have grim forebodings for our nation, the antidote to which I thinks starts with regaining perspective – and reading the New Testament examples of Paul and others, their thankfulness in the midst of far greater troubles that we’ve yet encountered in our land, is a start. But thinking and feeling is one thing, doing is something else. First would seem to shrink my “taking for granted” list of entitlements and moving them into the “things to give thanks for” list, and in the process appreciate their fragility.

    And let me not forget to thank you for the pat on my back here, buddy.

    • Well I know what you mean, when it comes to separating head and heart. But then maybe the struggle is not so much to separate them as to bring the heart in mind with what the mind knows. You wonder from what well of strength Paul and Silas called up the fortitude for this:

      After they had struck them with many blows, they threw them in the prison, and commanded the jailer to guard them securely. And he, having been given such a command, threw them into the inner prison, and fastened their feet in the stocks.

      So there they are, having been beaten, jailed, and put in stocks, by the authorities, no less. Pretty dark days.

      But about midnight, Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God…

      And perhaps here is the key. Their trials were for a Godly purpose, and we here in America should consider why the struggle is so difficult, why, in spite of a faithful number of Americans that is so much more than a “remnant”, the forces of Satan seem to have so much success in the near term.

      …and the prisoners were listening to them.

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