Pausing to give thanks. What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving Season?

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 Thanksgiving is upon us — a beautiful holiday where we gather with our families and give thanks to the Almighty for our health, our situation and our freedom from oppression. In 1620, William Bradford gave thanks at the first Thanksgiving on this great continent. They had survived a treacherous crossing and landed safely in northern Virginia, on Cape Cod. There was plenty of game, no one was lost in the passage, and the Native population seemed very friendly toward the Englishmen. And so they gave thanks to God for the blessings He has bestowed upon them.

This Thanksgiving, as we gather with family and friends over some turkey to celebrate the blessings in our lives. Especially for the health and safety of my loved ones and the brave men and women of our armed services overseas protecting our freedoms and our Nation. Let us not forget the many soldiers away from their families during this time and that their sacrifices so that we can enjoy the blessing of peace at Home. God bless America, our military and their families.

May the faith and conviction of George Washington be renewed in us as we remember his words:

…there is no truth more thoroughly established than that there exits in the economy and course of nature an indissoluble union between virtue and happiness; between duty and advantage; between the genuine maxims of an honest and magnanimous policy and the solid rewards of public prosperity and felicity; since we ought to be no less persuaded that the propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which Heaven itself has ordained…

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