A Litany of Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving 2011

A Litany of Thanksgiving

Today, I make my Sacrament of Thanksgiving

I begin with the simple things of my days:

Fresh air to breathe,

Cool water to drink,

The taste of food,

The protection of house and clothes,

The comforts of home.

For all these, I make an act of Thanksgiving this day!

***

I bring to mind all of the warmth of humankind that I have known:

My Mother’s arms,

The strength of my father,

The playmates of my childhood,

The wonderful stories brought to me from the lives of many who have talked of days gone by when fairies and giants and all kinds of magic held sway;

The tears I have shed, the tears I have seen;

The excitement of laughter and the twinkle in the eye with its reminder that life is   good.

For all of these I make an act of Thanksgiving this day.

***

I finger one by one the messages of hope that awaited me at the crossroads:

The smile of approval from those who held in their hands the reins of my security;

The tightening of the grip in the simple handshake when I feared the step before me in the darkness;

The whisper in my heart when the temptation was fiercest and the claims of appetite were not to be denied;

The crucial word said, the simple sentence from an open page when my decision hung in the balance.

For all these , I make an act of Thanksgiving this day.

***

I pass before me the main springs of my heritage:

The fruits of the labors of countless generations who have lived before me, without whom my own life would have no meaning;

The seers who saw visions and dreamed dreams;

The prophets who sensed a truth greater than mind could grasp and whose words could only find fulfillment in the years which they would never see;

The workers whose sweat has watered the trees, the leaves of which are for the healing of the nations;

The pilgrims who set their sails for lands beyond all horizons, whose courage made paths into new worlds and far off places;

The saviors whose blood was shed with a recklessness that only a dream could inspire and God command.

For all of these, I make an act of Thanksgiving this day.

***

I linger over the meaning of my own life and the commitment to which I give the loyalty of my heart and mind:

The little purposes in which I have shared with my loves, my desires, my gifts;

The restlessness which bottoms all I do with its stark insistence that I have never done my best, I have never dared to reach for the highest;

The big hope that never quite deserts me, that I and my kind will study war no more, that love and tenderness and all of the inner graces of Almight affection will cover the life of the children of God as waters cover the sea.

***

All these and more than mind can think and heart can feel,

I make as my sacrament of Thanksgiving to Thee,

Our Creator, in humbleness of mind and simplicity of heart.

~ A poem by Howard Thurman, Thanksgiving 1959~

46 Responses to “A Litany of Thanksgiving”


  1. 1 Jan November 24, 2011 at 12:24 am

    Wow, not much to add to that. I am thankful I am a child of God. I am thankful to you Dr. K, for all your hard work and for giving us a place to share and gain knowledge.
    I’m thankful for all those who post here and for being able to share difference of opinions and still keep our heads and hearts straight.
    I’m thankful we all have one main purpose and pray our time of rejoicing will come soon.

    HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL

  2. 4 Tenacity November 24, 2011 at 12:35 am

    I heard this morning that Southbend, Indiana is claiming to have had the first “Thanksgiving”???? I guess they may not have called it that in Plymouth. Go figure.

  3. 5 SirLurksAlot November 24, 2011 at 1:04 am

    Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!!!

    I just saw a clip of Barry pardoning two turkeys. Since he is not the real president, are those turkeys really pardoned? I have to go cook now.

  4. 6 Voco Indubium November 24, 2011 at 3:10 am

    RE: “are those turkeys really pardoned?”

    Good question.

    A turkey pardoning another turkey?

    (turkey definition of the Urban Dictionary: (n) a loser; …, inept, … a person who is not in with current culture and slang or is just generally uncool. These slang usages of the word “turkey” were mostly used during the late 60’s and 70’s by urban-dwelling …)

  5. 8 Tiger 7 November 24, 2011 at 6:59 am

    Happy Thanksgiving to all !!

    For all the problems we discuss here, we are truely grateful for our country–it is the best. And we have the assurance that “this, too, will pass” with God’s help.

    Also, do you think we could hire the Russian news gal that gave bho the finger??? It seems she’s available now.

  6. 9 cynkading November 24, 2011 at 7:02 am

    ~~Happy Thanksgiving to Dr. Kate and all of her loyal patriots~~

    May God Bless each of you while we give thanks for all of HIs blessings.

  7. 11 no-nonsense-nancy November 24, 2011 at 8:47 am

    Happy Thanksgiving Kate and all! I hope we all enjoy many more in a free and prosperous nation.

    Yes Tiger 7, I definately think we should hire her! Maybe she could be the leader of the Tea Party!

  8. 12 Tiger 7 November 24, 2011 at 9:11 am

    n-n-n, Tatyana Limanova and Orly Taitz would be a great pair—what a threat to the socio-libs !!!

    • 13 drkate November 24, 2011 at 9:20 am

      :grin: I love it she didn’t even have to be stealth about it like O thinks he is

      • 14 cedartree November 24, 2011 at 12:21 pm

        She got fired but hopefully she gets picked up by another outlet.

        • 15 bill November 24, 2011 at 1:53 pm

          To helm you say ! I hadn’t heard Tatyana Limanova got fired but thinking back,when I was in the military and involved in the so called “cold war”.Many days watching Orly Taitz and recenttly Tatyana Limanova lead me to thank
          God we didn’t get into a hot shooting war because those Russians won’t quit.Americans used to be,just like that.

          • 16 cedartree November 24, 2011 at 9:49 pm

            http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/russia/8912395/Russian-newsreader-fired-after-Obama-middle-finger-insult.html
            A top Russian female newsreader who appeared to defiantly show US President Barack Obama her middle finger during a live newscast has been fired.

            Online footage of the incident involving news anchor Tatyana Limanova went viral in both Russia and the West causing REN TV, her employer, huge embarrassment.

            To broadcast bosses’ horror, Ms Limanova was caught mechanically raising her left arm and showing the camera her raised middle finger after referencing US President Barack Obama.

            REN TV, a privately owned channel controlled by associates of Vladimir Putin, the prime minister, said on Thursday it had decided to take her off air calling her actions “unacceptable” and “unprofessional”.

  9. 17 no-nonsense-nancy November 24, 2011 at 10:06 am

    From Canada Free Press:

    Thankful they assembled there,
    A humble Pilgrim band,
    To praise their God in silent prayer
    That He should bless their land.

    Through winter unforgiving,
    Through pestilence and war,
    Those grateful few yet living knew
    What they were thankful for.

    As they feasted on their succotash,
    Maize and wild game,
    Doubtless they did pause to think
    On why it was they came.

    Enduring death and hardship,
    On this lonely, hostile shore,
    To escape the persecutor’s rod
    And live free evermore.

    Yet well they braved the suffering
    That they had come to find
    And passing silent longings for
    The land they left behind.

    For the liberty to worship free
    Was worth their pain and fear,
    As gratefully they thanked Him:
    “Lord, how good we have it here.”

    Unceasing hath He blessed us since
    That first Thanksgiving Day,
    Throughout this nation’s lofty rise
    His grace hath shone the way.

    For this blessed land America’s
    The living legacy
    Of the simple faith of humble men
    So thankful they were free.

    And if this suff’ring Pilgrim band
    Could yet see fit to give
    Their grateful thanks to Him whose grace
    Had simply let them live,

    Then yet a thousand times more thankful
    Should our people be
    For this nation’s bounteous wealth,
    Her strength and liberty.

    So it is only fitting that
    We thank Him on this day,
    Reflecting on our blessings as
    We bow our heads to pray….

    That God will bless America
    Both now and evermore,
    As never hath a land so much
    To be so thankful for.

    © 1980 by William Kevin Stoos

  10. 20 bill November 24, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    While giving Thanks ,Please consider this post,copied from
    http://www.orlytaitzesq.com/?p=28269

    Extremely important

    Posted on | November 24, 2011 | No Comments

    I need all of my supporters from IA to contact me at orly.taitz@gmail.com.

    We need to send the same complaint in IA, as was sent in NH

    If you are sending a challenge, put the state abbreviation in the heading of your e-mail, so I can find your e-mail quickly

  11. 21 heather November 24, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    Sure hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving.

  12. 22 A Crazy Old Coot November 24, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/lemiska/111123

    The birthers press on
    By Peter Lemiska
    Snip……….

    The President wields tremendous power, and like Chairman Cook, none of the politicians or judges beseeched by the birthers has shown any interest in pursuing their allegations, no matter how serious or well-substantiated. In the end, we will likely never know what is hidden in Obama’s background. But his piecemeal release of selected documents of questionable authenticity only casts more doubt on his past and continues to fuel the birther movement. Considering his current standing in the polls, it’s impact on the 2012 elections could be decisive.

    As for Cook’s dismissive response to the issue, New Hampshire might think about a new state motto. Instead of “Live free or die,” the legislators might consider “Let sleeping dogs lie.”
    //////////////////////
    Read the rest at the above link.

    • 23 Voco Indubium November 25, 2011 at 1:04 pm

      RE: “Let sleeping dogs lie.”

      Well said.

      That motto fits Congress, the Judicial Branch and just about everyone in government. The founding fathers are turning in their graves.

  13. 24 sky November 24, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    Real Rules Of Engagment thepost&email

  14. 25 Jan November 25, 2011 at 1:06 am

    Well, it is technically the day after Thanksgiving, so what exactly does this mean? Will Holder arrest Bush?

  15. 26 bill November 25, 2011 at 7:31 am

    OT but FYI :
    The reason Orly Taitz’s NH Ballot Hearing was illegal: Commission members ILLEGAL

  16. 27 Tiger 7 November 25, 2011 at 9:53 am

    Bill, this is covered on The Steady Drip and could be quite important—often the seemingly little errors become significant. This may be the “foot shot” that Taitz needs to get the job done. Those NH cats must be double stupid.

    • 28 bill November 25, 2011 at 1:39 pm

      Well Tiger 7, I haven’t a clue as to how this will turn out.My interest is to make people aware,then it is up to each citizen to make a decision to get involved or not.
      Thanks for commenting cheers

  17. 29 Tenacity November 25, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    Is it not amazing how much ground the criminals cover? The breadth of influence extends to the lowest levels of local government. You would think that some republican, conservative or constitutionalist would be watching and catch some of the villainous activities, but it seems no one is to be trusted. Least of all lawyers of any party affiliation. I know a few that may be trusted…very few. Is it not manifest as to why the original and still enforceable 13th Amendment? It is also apparent why Jefferson made his comment about watering the tree of liberty. Time is of the essence. We must educate county sheriffs on their authority and ability to make use of Grand Juries. If a sheriff is not willing to honor his oath, then make sure they are not re-elected, letting them know in advance that they are done, fired and disrespected. People must judge the law and be relentless in holding public offices accountable. Then, when all else fails, be ready.

    • 30 Starla November 25, 2011 at 5:46 pm

      “SOCIALISM IS THE DEATH OF FREEDOM!!!”

      – QUICKLY WAKE UP USA – AND QUICKLY WAKE UP ALL AMERICAN CITIZENS!!! –

      By Marielena Montesino de Stuart
      © Marielena Montesino de Stuart
      November 23, 2011

      Republican Candidate for the United States Senate 2012 (Florida)

      Excerpt:

      “The United States of America is my beloved adopted country — and I would do anything to defend it. While I was born and raised in Castro’s Cuba, my family’s roots are in Spain. So it is a proud moment for me to see Spain wake up from its Socialist nightmare — as I reflect on the many years I spent suffering under Communism.

      For Americans, the often-stealth corruption of Socialism will only be clearly understood once it is identified for what it truly is: Socialism is ‘Phase I’ of Communism.

      In America, Socialism has been festering in our schools, as well as in our local, county and state governments. Washington is awash in Socialism.

      Socialism can be removed from our nation — but it will require that each and every American learn how to identify and eliminate it at every level of government. It will require that each and every American stand up in defense of our constitutional rights, our sovereignty and our founding values.

      Socialism, like a virus, is difficult to eradicate — but our Founding Fathers had the God-given grace and wisdom to create a plan to help us defend this greatest of nations. They left us the tools necessary to assert our rights — and to weather the storms caused by those who are intent on taking away the freedoms and rights guaranteed by our Constitution.

      In our present situation, a crisis has been created by those who do not understand that there is an impossible coexistence between freedom, as defined by our American founding values — and Socialism, in all its deceptive economic and social manifestations.

      Spaniards have kicked the Socialists out. We need to do the same in America.

      Socialism is the death of freedom. Join me in this battle. Visit http://www.STUART2012.com

      May God bless you and your loved ones on this Thanksgiving Day — and may God continue to grant Americans wisdom and courage.

      SEND ME YOUR COMMENTS! MarielenaStuart2012@gmail.com

      © Marielena Montesino de Stuart

      Must Read More Here: http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/marielena/111123

      * * * *

      • 31 Jan November 25, 2011 at 8:35 pm

        I truly believe that if you want to know what is happening to America, ask a person that escaped Communism and came to our country. The only others that can see, are those that survived WW2, or like me, raised by those that lived through it. I was raised with full knowledge about Communism, unfortunately our public schools have ruined the last 30-years of students and are cramming them full of socialist propaganda. Those are the ones we have to wake up and they are the hardest to convince.

  18. 35 Starla November 25, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    BREAKING!!!!

    “LIVE DATEBASE PULL LINKING HARRISON J. BOUNEL TO BARACK H. OBAMA’S BOGUS SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER”

    By Debt Collector & Skip-Tracer Al Hendershot
    November 25, 2011

    Excerpt:

    “Al Hendershot: A database pull using the Obama alias Harrison J Bounel linking it to Barack H Obama’s bogus social security number and linking the Obama alias to Michelle Obama as well. A direct search using “Bounel” in the state if IL was used in capturing this vital information that has never been exposed until now.

    This alias is associated with his bogus CT social security number that he has been using since the 1970′s. The alias is also associated with Michelle L Obama which lists her as Bounel’s spouse as of 2011.

    Must Read More: http://obamareleaseyourrecords.blogspot.com/2011/11/live-database-pull-linking-harrison.html?showComment=1322273256063#c439228853762864441

    Comments Under The Above Article:

    “Anonymous said…

    After more than three years of following this issue, I am going to throw out this theory of what I think is Barry’s upbringing:

    He is the illegitimate son of Malcolm X and Jo Ann Newman, who reportedly is still alive and well and living under another name and out of the public eye. He was named Bari Shabazz and probably lived for a time in Elmhurst, N.Y., in a separate home near Malcolm X.

    As Malcolm X already was married to someone else, they enlisted the help of Stanley Ann Dunham and his good friend Barack Obama Sr. to take little Bari under their wings. So Hawaiian officials would not suspicious, they arranged for a “Kenyan birth” for the baby, then registered for a Hawaiian certificate of live birth that can be given even to babies born overseas.

    After a sham marriage designed to allow Obama Sr. to continue staying in the States, the couple split up. I’m aware that Dunham reportedly went to college in the state of Washington during this time, but eventually she moves to Indonesia after her marriage to Lolo Soetoro, who adopts Bari/Barack/Barry.

    * * * *

    • 36 Voco Indubium November 25, 2011 at 11:11 pm

      RE: “…illegitimate son of Malcolm X and Jo Ann Newman, who reportedly is still alive and well and living under another name and out of the public eye. He was named Bari Shabazz …”

      This theory should be taken with more than one grains of salt. It could even be misinformation propagated by the regime to suggest indirectly that O is nbc, as both suggested parents were US citizens.

  19. 37 bill November 25, 2011 at 11:56 pm

    What I find most interesting,is that the American people must enjoy playing twenty
    questions.What we know for certain is that we have a non vetted individual sitting
    in the WH and many folks are busy playing guessing games.I submit it is not your
    responsibility or mine to validate anyone. Each and every American is required
    to validate themselves,many times,in our lives and yet we seem to be perfectly content to follow the instructions of “Don’t do as I do,Do as I say do !” Excuse me !?!? .Sorry folks,I just don’t get it ? cheers

  20. 39 bill November 26, 2011 at 1:34 am

    Well cedartree,Sometimes fantasy is closer to fact than fiction.In this movie trailer
    “Lethal Weapon” This cop ,played by Mel Gibson points out the attitude that Americans must take in order to actually restore Our Constitution.Not jumping off
    a building but “cutting off the money” Would cutting off the money have some unintended consequences ? You Bet ! but this is the only “Lethal Weapon” We have.
    Should anyone wish to see this statement ,it is in the first 10 to 15 seconds.
    http://www.imdb.com/video/screenplay/vi3448897817/

  21. 44 Tenacity November 26, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    Hillary Clinton – Everything She Is and Everything She Stands For in 12 Seconds

  22. 45 Tenacity November 26, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    I apologize in advance, but I just could not resist.

  23. 46 Tenacity November 26, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    Now that I got that bit of evil out of my system, let me remind everyone that today is New Moon Day, meaning it is the first day of the ninth month of the Biblical calendar.


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