United States Still has Reason to Give Thanks

By Ralphine Major


They came to America to have religious freedom. I wonder what the Pilgrims would think of America today. Freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and so many other freedoms are the very values on which America was founded. Sadly, 2023 brings much unrest, hatred and political divide in our country. Wars rage in foreign lands. News reports are filled with words such as ceasefire, death and destruction. It is difficult to unsee images of structures that were once homes bubbling with life and laughter in the land of an American ally.

The long-awaited fall season has brought us to November. Thoughts of pumpkin pie, turkey and all the trimmings, fellowship and thanksgiving are in the air. It is likely that thankfulness for our freedoms will take on a new meaning for many of us this year. As your loved ones come together to celebrate this treasured national holiday, may prayers for peace, harmony, and love be included along with prayers of thankfulness. We have much to be thankful for — our faith and our family; homes, schools, and churches; food, clothing, and shelter; and above all, our Creator and Saviour. The Lord of miracles who parted the Red Sea is still the living God we worship today. Have a safe, memorable, and blessed Thanksgiving!

Words of Faith: “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7 (KJV).