Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Thanksgiving

The Observer is pretty darn thankful this Thanksgiving Eve.

Thankful for a safe place to lay the head, food security, and shoes on the feet. Thankful for a car that works pretty well, and a place to park it.

Thankful for a country free enough that I can have a blog, open to anyone who finds it to read, to express opinions and, with few restrictions, free to offer any opinion or view point.

Thankful that I can practice the faith of my choosing and freely assemble with others of like mind, knowing that we will be free to do it again the next week--or the next day if we want to.

Yes, my country has troubles, and it is going to take a lot of work to make some of them better, but it is a good country, full of smart, innovative, hard working people.

Not everything is perfect, but the possibility of change exists, and for this hope, I am thankful also. Somehow, the Serenity Prayer by Reinhold Niebuhr fits here.

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change
The courage to change the things I can
and wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time.
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace.
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
As it is, not as I would have it.
Trusting that He will make all things right;
If I surrender to His will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
And surpremely happy with Him
forever in the next.

Amen.

May you all have a peaceful and blessed Thanksgiving celebration!

3 comments:

Bob G. said...

T.O.:
You have truly captured the sentiments of today...

May God's blessing be upon you and your house this day, and for all times.
For we ask these things in HIS name.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

the observer said...

Thanks Bob!

Pray you too have a wonderful day.

Thank you for stopping by today.

The Observer

Ann T. said...

Dear The Observer,
This is a very beautiful post. And some of that serenity must have found its way to me.

BoyCat and GirlCat enjoyed their treat of Turkey Medley canned cat food--never heard such slurping in your life, and later the bang of cat food cans on tile and they went for the last smidgen.

Personally I ate an entire apple pie, without ice cream for breakfast, and with ice cream on and off for the rest of the day. No turkey, no sweet potato, no dressing. Just pie.

It was great.
Happy Belated Thanksgiving,
Ann T.