Ok, sports fans, we have made it. We are in the holiday season once again. We are at a time when we often forget exactly what this season is about. I hope to use this space to remind us.
The speaker at my church this week described a situation of being on a “food high.” Many of us recognize this after huge feasts Thursday. Our credit cards are still hot from Black Friday adventures. All the hype is partially responsible for our complacency.
Both Presidents Washington and Lincoln recognized the need to offer our gratitude with individual Thanksgiving proclamations. As Washington said in his proclamation, “It is beneficial to recognize the gifts given to us by God in the heavens.”
It is this God who has brought America to being the greatest nation on the earth. Here we enjoy clean, fresh water on demand. I personally saw in Central America this is not the case in other parts of the world. There, people share the same water supply with their animals. They drink the same water used for bathing and washing.
In Africa people walk miles each day in a search for any water, polluted or not. This creates disease we here can’t even imagine.
Here, we should be thankful for law enforcement agencies led by men like Sheriff Wayne Coats and Dunn Police Chief Chuck West, who lead departments that work to ensure our safety. We can sleep safely at night because of these dedicated professionals.
We should be thankful for the army of educators here who work each day to teach our children, in most cases, treating them like their own. We can send our children to these schools each day with every expectation of picking them up at the end of the day.
We should not forget that we are able to worship freely and openly with no fear of government intervention. I have read recently of churches in China shut down by the government.
This piece is not designed to bring about a feeling of guilt. I am the first to admit enjoying what God has blessed us with. My purpose is simply to remind my readers exactly what we enjoy here. This year lets all make an effort to be truly thankful as we go through our holiday traditions.
If you missed the opportunity on Thanksgiving, there are multiple opportunities in the coming month before the season ends. This year, lets truly remember the reason for the season.
Tom Woerner is a former reporter with The Daily Record and editor of the Harnett County News. He can be reached at email@example.com.