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Posted on 11/20/2012 6:01:17 PM PST by Kathy in Alaska
Over there a soldier's thinking
Of a time not long ago,
When his loved ones got together;
'Twas Thanksgiving Day, you know.
Over there a soldier's dreaming
Of a turkey baked just right,
Mashed potatoes, golden gravy,
Chestnut dressing, pure delight!
Over there a soldier's hungry
For whipped cream on pumpkin pie.
Squares of cornbread, crusts so tender,
Homemade biscuits stacked up high.
Over there a soldier's wishing
He could have one buttered roll.
But he feasts on GI rations
While his unit's on patrol.
Over there a soldier's lying
In a ditch, his makeshift bed.
Mud and dirt are his companions;
Been awhile since he's been fed.
Over there a soldier's praying
That his open sores will heal.
He is sure that he'll feel better
Once he has a good hot meal.
Over there a soldier's hearing
Loud explosions, muffled cries.
Shrapnel killed his foxhole buddy
Right before his very eyes.
Over there a soldier's quoting
Scriptures learned at Mother's knee,
Proud that he's a mighty warrior,
Keeping all his loved ones free.
This Thanksgiving as you're eating
That sweet corn that grandpa grew,
Say a prayer for that dear soldier
Who would love to be with you.
© 2007 Mariane Holbrook
When Thomas Gallaudet graduated from seminary in 1814, he had planned on becoming a preacher. However, his call to the ministry took a different turn when he met Alice, a 9-year-old, hearing-impaired girl in his neighborhood. Gallaudet began to communicate with her by writing words with a stick in the dirt.
Helping Alice motivated him to help others too. After consulting with European and American experts in educating the deaf, he refined a system widely known today as signing (a persons hands spell out the message). Eventually, he established the American School for the Deaf.
Gallaudets school for the hearing-impaired contained a Christian curriculum that shared the gospel and included Bible instruction. He had answered the call to preachbut it was to a very special group of people. Signing was the way he communicated the gospel.
Like Gallaudet, we too should be sharing the Word of God with people in ways they can understand. Otherwise, How shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? (Rom. 10:14). How might God want you to reach out to those around you?
Read: Romans 10:1-14
|Your Thanksgiving Personality is Thankful|
You're able to rise above any of the stress or drama associated with the holidays. You are just happy for what you have.
Whether it's been the best or worst year of your life, you take this day to count your blessings... no matter how small they might be.
And if possible, you try to help someone in need - anyone from a hungry stranger to a lonely friend.