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Thanksgiving

PAUL RINKER

Montoursville

An MSNBC personality referred to Thanksgiving as a “food holiday.” I didn’t think too much of this. But then I started hearing others refer to Thanksgiving as a food holiday. What has happened to this country that people think this holiday is about food?

Yes, part of the observance is an elaborate meal, but that’s not what it’s about. It’s not even about Pilgrims. It’s about being grateful. The original intention was to show gratitude toward God for all that we have, but even those who don’t believe in God should be grateful.

Gratitude is important. It keeps us humble. We need to be grateful, lest we begin to think that we are the center of existence; an island unto ourselves.

I believe leftists object to the idea of Thanksgiving because it is, at its foundation a religious holiday, but rather then throwing out the entire concept, would it not be better to maintain the very important basis of the holiday.

Leftists could at least be grateful to government or the collective. After all, “you didn’t build that.”

Materialists could be grateful to the industries which take raw materials and turn them into wonderful products that improve our lives.

Even those with no particular beliefs have plenty to be grateful for; they just need to figure out who they should thank. I believe, like our forefathers, that we should be grateful to God Almighty for this great country and the prosperity and safety that we enjoy, and the early Thanksgiving proclamations all stated that, but even if you don’t hold to those beliefs, take time to think about what you are grateful for and who you are grateful to.

You’ll be surprised at how much better it makes you feel.

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