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Abundant Gratitude and Thanksgiving

By Mark Alexander · Nov. 27, 2013

“I do recommend and assign Thursday … next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be.” –George Washington (1789)

Please join me in welcoming this Thanksgiving week as an opportunity to pause, step back, and reflect upon how blessed we really are – blessed far beyond any measure of what we deserve. Amid the contest for Liberty and the future of our nation, it is easy to become preoccupied with the challenges we face as a nation and neglect to take account of the full measure of the innumerable ways our Creator has blessed us and our great nation.

One of the ways God has richly blessed this unworthy servant is by allowing me to lead a team of Patriots endeavoring to keep the “flame of Liberty” burning bright for our countrymen across the nation and around the world. We are honored to share the burden of defending our inheritance of Liberty with millions of other Patriots, steadfast in that defense.

To put our national Day of Thanksgiving into proper context is to show gratitude for, in the words of George Washington, “the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be.”

With this in mind, I invite you to take a moment and reconsider the History and Legacy of our National Thanksgiving.

For some added inspiration from my home state of Tennessee, listen to My Beautiful America from fellow Tennessean, Charlie Daniels, or simply read its words.

In his first Thanksgiving proclamation, President Ronald Reagan wrote: “America has much for which to be thankful. The unequaled freedom enjoyed by our citizens has provided a harvest of plenty to this Nation throughout its history. In keeping with America’s heritage, one day each year is set aside for giving thanks to God for all of His blessings. … As we celebrate Thanksgiving … we should reflect on the full meaning of this day as we enjoy the fellowship that is so much a part of the holiday festivities. Searching our hearts, we should ask what we can do as individuals to demonstrate our gratitude to God for all He has done. Such reflection can only add to the significance of this precious day of remembrance. Let us recommit ourselves to that devotion to God and family that has played such an important role in making this a great Nation, and which will be needed as a source of strength if we are to remain a great people.”

Indeed.

Fellow Patriots, I humbly thank you for the privilege of serving as editor and publisher of The Patriot Post. On behalf of your Patriot team and our National Advisory Committee, I wish you a peaceful Thanksgiving, and God’s blessings to you and your family.

“Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him and praise His name. For the LORD is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations.” –Psalm 100:4-5

Thanksgiving from the Mountains of East Tennessee