VICKY'S VIEW: Happy Thanksgiving
I hope you’re getting to spend today with family and friends counting your blessings, eating yummy food, and maybe watching a little football.
Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. It usually starts off cooking with Tiffany in the kitchen while watching the Macy’s Day Thanksgiving Parade, and sometimes we catch the Purina National Dog Show on TV afterward. (Who knew there were so many unusual-looking dog breeds?!) It ends surrounded by family, sitting around a table enjoying turkey with all the trimmings accompanied by one of our family’s delicious pies. However, the best part is taking time at some point to reflect on the blessings I have been blessed with and to thank the One who sent them.
I am thankful the Pilgrims started this tradition almost 400 years ago. In 1621, they had endured much since coming to America—a tough winter with no food and ravaging disease cost them over half their colony. They weren’t sure if any would survive and then the spring came, along with help from Native Americans who taught them how to plant, hunt, and survive. After harvest the next fall, the Pilgrims decided to invite their new friends to celebrate their abundant crop and to give thanks to God for His provision. We carry on this tradition today.
It seems that gratitude often comes out of hard times. The Pilgrims appreciated life, each other, and the blessings of God more after suffering tremendous loss. As we commemorate this Thanksgiving Day, let us pause to think of those who have lost much - by fire, hurricane, or tragedy - and say a prayer for them. In the same breath, let us be thankful anew for a warm place to live, a safe homeland, and the love of family and friends. I’m thankful for all these things, the good people of the 4th District of Missouri I have the honor of representing, our men and women in uniform who sacrifice so much to defend and protect us, and for the blessing of living in the greatest country in the world. Thank you to each of you for reading this email. May God bless you and your family this Thanksgiving Day and may He continue to bless the United States of America.