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Another Thanksgiving Day is at our doorstep! As Americans have done since the very inception of the nation, it is appropriate, as George Washington initially proclaimed in 1789, “to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor.”

There is much for which to be grateful. Despite the challenge of an ongoing war and the bitterness of a prolonged campaign season, America remains a resilient nation blessed with extraordinary abundance. Food and shelter, generally, are plentiful. There is water to drink, clothing to wear and work to do. If anything, the focus of American consumption is on luxuries and extravagances rather than life’s basic necessities.

Liberty remains enshrined and assaults on freedom continue to be rebuffed. Indeed, life for most Americans proceeds routinely with uncanny calm.

So, enjoy tomorrow’s holiday. Feast heartily and find satisfaction in being with family and friends. Above all, though, let feelings of gratitude fill your soul. As our first president urged 215 years ago, may we “all unite in rendering unto (Almighty God) our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country.”

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