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Let Us Give Thanks (even in these difficult times) ^ | November 26th, 2009 | Dr. Mark W. Hendrickson

Posted on 11/26/2009 8:11:17 PM PST by Salvation

Let Us Give Thanks

November 26th, 2009 by Dr. Mark W. Hendrickson

As we celebrate our national Thanksgiving holiday in 2009, are you feeling worry, fear, anger, or despair about the direction of our country? Let us instead give thanks.

As we pass through this temporal world of “tares and wheat,” we may vacillate between seeing the glass as half empty instead of half full. Many patriotic Americans are sad and fearful at what they see happening in the country we love so dearly

Fiscal insanity prevails in Washington where an already bankrupt government persists in digging ever deeper into the hole of unrepayable debts.

The potential for a second government-induced depression is real, as is an eventual hyperinflationary collapse of our currency.

Zealous ideologues in power seek even broader powers to regiment our lives. They would impoverish us by striving to regulate energy consumption, reducing our choices for health care and health care insurance, and pushing for a climate change agreement in Copenhagen next month that would redistribute U.S. wealth abroad and reduce American sovereignty.

With that as a backdrop, let us make extra efforts to give thanks to God Almighty this November:

Let us rejoice that we are still free to speak and work and act to undo the harmful policies that have been imposed upon us.

Let us honor our forefathers for having the courage, the vision, and the values to take on the mightiest military power on earth and win an astounding, world-changing victory for freedom. The founders faced far worse odds than what we face today, and they suffered hardships that we can barely imagine to secure for us the blessings of liberty.

Let us be thankful for the countless profit-seeking businessmen, famous and obscure, who took advantage of our free-enterprise system to enrich the lives of generations of Americans.

Let us be thankful for those we love, and for the innumerable acts of kindness done every day by people of all religious (including nonreligious) beliefs.

Let us be grateful for the enormous progress we have made at curtailing the curse of racism from this republic, and for a level of prosperity that even now is far beyond what was dreamt of just a few short generations ago.

Mostly, let us be grateful to God on high and remember what those who have consecrated their lives to Him have accomplished

Let us be grateful for the faith of Moses, who proved that one with God is a majority. If we are tempted to despair today at the sight of millions of Americans, rich and poor, willing to trade freedom for the illusive security of government handouts, let us remember that this is nothing new. The children of Israel repeatedly grumbled about the demands of freedom, and longed for the fleshpots of Egypt during their 40-year sojourn in the wilderness. God blessed the Hebrew people in ways that human planning never could and brought them to the Promised Land.

Let us be grateful, too, for the apostle Paul and his truly awesome example of devotion, commitment, and courage. For most of us, today’s trials are trivial in comparison to Paul’s. Consider his experience: “five times received I forty stripes save one. Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep … in weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness” (II Corinthians 11:24, 25, 27). After going through all that, Paul could still affirm, “I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake” (II Corinthians 12:10).

Mostly, though, as we approach Anno Domini 2010, let us give thanks for the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and think of what he suffered that through him we might be reconciled to God. Let us take heart from his promise, “lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world” (Matthew 28:20). Similarly, let us banish discouragement and remember Paul’s inspired declaration that “neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38, 39). “Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift!” (II Corinthians 9:15

With confidence in God’s mercy and power, let us press on in the good fight to bequeath to our posterity “one nation, under God, with liberty and justice for all.”

Indeed, let us give thanks and rejoice.

Dr. Mark W. Hendrickson is a faculty member, economist, and contributing scholar with the Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College.

TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Government; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: catholic; thanksgiving
I give thanks for my faith, for this forum, for my family, for my friends, for my church, for my freedom.
1 posted on 11/26/2009 8:11:17 PM PST by Salvation
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To: Salvation

Amen. Good article.

2 posted on 11/26/2009 8:14:24 PM PST by BipolarBob (Thailand?)
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To: BipolarBob

A lot to agree with there — even the difficult points of our society today.

3 posted on 11/26/2009 8:20:02 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation
I'm thankful that so many Americans are finally waking up, and getting involved with this fight against leftist tyranny.

The American spirit is not duplicated anywhere in the world, we steadfastly refuse to lie down and surrender like many countries do with faced with a would-be dictator taking over the country.

I'm thankful for the Constitution - the basic framework of the most successful government in the history of mankind, and no matter how much the current group of communists in the White House want to take it over, it will only take one thing to correct it...return to the Constitution.

I'm also thankful that no matter how much pressure and force the "progressive movement" puts on Christianity; no matter how they try and hide and gag us, we can still worship our God in the privacy of our own mind, and He still hears us.

I'm thankful that so many still retain and display their pride, dignity, and faith; succumbing to tyranny is what produces slavery, and I don't think modern day Americans know how NOT be free. Some are willing to give up their freedoms for monetary gain, but they do not represent the majority of Americans, and they shall not prevail.

I'm still thankful for America and will fight for her to my dying breath.
4 posted on 11/26/2009 8:23:29 PM PST by FrankR (SENATE: You cram it down our throats in '09, We'll shove it up your ass in '10...count on it.)
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To: FrankR

Wow! You have many excellent thoguhts there.

5 posted on 11/26/2009 8:28:28 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation
I give thanks for my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, who has granted me life, liberty, and all things...I am thankful for a loving wife who has stood by me and with me these last 32 tears, and for five children, and six grandhcildren, who have taught me far more than anything I have taught them, and for loving and wise parents who indeed trained and raised me up in the way I should go, nuturing, teaching, correcting, and having patience with me through it all, for three brothers who all grew into good and strong men, I am grateful for a free lan, the United States of America, the well spring of God-granted liberty in this world, and a Republic maintained by the Hand of Providence these over two centuries, and for friends, particularly patriot friends who are standing for liberty, fundmental moral and republican principle, for individual responsibility and the free market.

As a result of all of these blessings...all of which I credit to a loving and merciful God...I know that there is hope, true hope in our land, and that we shall, though the fight be long and hard, ultimately restore our constitutional Republic to the path it was intended.

So, let my words, and those at the following link, which are modeled on George Washington's original Thanksgiving Proclamation, sound out loud and clear, like a clarion bell, and a sounding trumpet to the millions, yea the tens of millions of like-minded Americans everywhere..


Such statements and commitment to the fundamental and foundation moral and republican principles that are the bedrock of this nation stand in stark contrast to what we see in the White House and the halls of Congress today.


But as George Washington also said, when conteplating the future troubles we would face as a nation and a people,

"The Great Governor of the Universe has led us too long and too far to forsake us in the midst of it. We may, now and then, get bewildered; but trust that there is good sense and virtue enough left to recover the right path. " - George Washington

I believe that with all me heart there is more than enough virtue and good sense left, and that we are already seeing it rise up in opposition to today's infrngements and betrayals.





6 posted on 11/26/2009 8:29:29 PM PST by Jeff Head (Freedom is not free...never has been, never will be. (
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To: Salvation
I give thanks for good health, our nation's medical system, and peace of mind.
7 posted on 11/26/2009 8:40:10 PM PST by Ciexyz (Cancer survivor. The Lord is merciful and ever-present at our side.)
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To: Salvation

As we celebrate our national Thanksgiving holiday in 2009, are you
feeling worry, fear, anger, or despair about the direction of our
Let us instead give thanks.

Because this is one country where the sane persons can finally say:

And put the country back onto the right path.

Not matter if it takes years, even a Civil War.

Keep the faith, baby.

8 posted on 11/26/2009 8:46:24 PM PST by VOA
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To: Salvation

I echo your thanks, and I add....

JN 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

9 posted on 11/26/2009 8:47:25 PM PST by right way right
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To: All

Prayer for the Nation

John Carroll (1735-1815) the first Catholic bishop in America (1790), and in 1808 he became the first archbishop of Baltimore, Bishop Carroll wrote a prayer asking God's blessing on the president, Congress, and government of the United States for the first American diocesan synod, November 10, 1791, "for all the ranks of society and for the welfare of the Republic".

We pray Thee, O Almighty and Eternal God! Who through Jesus Christ hast revealed Thy glory to all nations, to preserve the works of Thy Mercy, that Thy Church, being spread through the whole world, may continue with unchanging faith in the confession of Thy Name.

We pray Thee, who alone art good and holy, to endow with heavenly knowledge, sincere zeal, and sanctity of life, our chief bishop, Pope [N.N.], the vicar of Our Lord Jesus Christ, in the government of His Church; our own bishop (or archbishop), [N.N.]; all other bishops, prelates, and pastors of the Church; and especially those who are appointed to exercise amongst us the functions of the holy ministry, and conduct Thy people into the ways of salvation.

We pray Thee, O God of might, wisdom, and justice! Through Whom authority is rightly administered, laws are enacted, and judgment decreed, assist with Thy holy spirit of counsel and fortitude the President of the United States, that his administration may be conducted in righteousness, and be eminently useful to Thy people over whom he presides; by encouraging due respect for virtue and religion; by a faithful execution of the laws in justice and mercy; and by restraining vice and immorality. Let the light of Thy divine wisdom direct the deliberations of Congress, and shine forth in all the proceedings and laws framed for our rule and government, so that they may tend to the preservation of peace, the promotion of national happiness, the increase of industry, sobriety, and useful knowledge; and may perpetuate to us the blessing of equal liberty.

We pray for his excellency, the Governor of this State, for the members of the Assembly, for all judges, magistrates, and other officers who are appointed to guard our political welfare, that they may be enabled, by Thy powerful protection, to discharge the duties of their respective stations with honesty and ability.

We recommend likewise, to Thy unbounded mercy, all our brethren and fellow citizens throughout the United States, that they may be blessed in the knowledge and sanctified in the observance of Thy most holy law; that they may be preserved in union, and in that peace which the world can not give; and after enjoying the blessings of this life, be admitted to those which are eternal.

Finally, we pray to Thee, O Lord of mercy, to remember the souls of Thy servants departed who are gone before us with the sign of faith and repose in the sleep of peace; the souls of our parents, relatives, and friends; of those who, when living, were members of this congregation, and particularly of such as are lately deceased; of all benefactors who, by their donations or legacies to this church, witnessed their zeal for the decency of divine worship and proved their claim to our grateful and charitable remembrance. To these, O Lord, and to all that rest in Christ, grant, we beseech Thee, a place of refreshment, light, and everlasting peace, through the same Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Savior. Amen

--Prayer for the Nation and the Civil Authorities
John Carroll of Baltimore, First Bishop of the United States
10 November 1791

10 posted on 11/26/2009 8:51:39 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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