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Bring Back Thanksgiving (published in The North Weld Herald 11/27/08)

posted Sep 7, 2013, 1:14 PM by Fccea Webmaster
I came across a rather sad reflection of our time a few days ago. A postal worker related that he, in sorting through the dead letter file around Christmas time, found the vast majority of letters were written to Santa and consisted of long wish lists and assurances of lives well lived for the year past. But in the months after Christmas, only one single letter of thanks was sent to Santa.

As I read that, I could not help but wonder, have we lost something in our increasingly chaotic and informal society? It wasn't that long ago that writing thank you notes for almost any occasion or kindness was the thing to do. Perhaps they occasionally lacked true sentiment, but the very fact that one took the time to respond at least suggested that being thankful would be an appropriate, expected and appreciated response. It at least put the subject on the table. Is it possible that our sense of entitlement has become so high that our sense of rectitude has become skewed? Along with the common courtesies, have we also jettisoned golden opportunities to build character and gratitude in ourselves and our children?

A few years ago, my wife, Patty, and I gave a small monetary gift to our many younger nieces and nephews at an annual Christmas party. We were both amused and gratified to receive the following from six-year-old Jordon. "Dear Uncle Dave and Aunt Patty, Thank you for the money. I spent it. Love, Jordan." Okay it wasn't much. But consider that it was a significant effort for that little guy, was teaching him gratitude, and warmed our hearts as well. So, I say, bring back a few time-honored customs and bring back Thanksgiving not just for a day, but as a lifestyle.

All of which reminds me of a debt I owe. My wife Patty and I moved to Eaton from Southern California in July and we have a lot to be thankful for. Our congregation has overwhelmed us with gifts of love and kindness, and we've made many friends in the community at large. We love the area, love the people and love the sports (Go, Reds!). We've watched unbelievably beautiful, sunsets and lost count of stars at night. We thank God, and we thank North Weld County for the honor of being Eatonites!

By His Grace, Pastor Dave