[note: this post was our first Thanksgiving post on this site…dating from 2008. I have edited only slightly]
As Americans we truly have so much to be thankful for…balanced by a duty to protect, defend and pass on those very same things.
Yet, like all God’s creatures we only protect and defend those things which we hold dear, and therein lies my disquietude on this Thanksgiving. I fear that far too many in America today value their comfort above their liberty, and their free THINGS over their Freedom. Freedom is taken for granted by too many, and the price or even the NEED of preserving it is beyond the comprehension of many of the younger and even older generation. Not all, to be sure…but far too many.
“What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated.” [‘The American Crisis’ – Thomas Paine, December 23, 1776.]
I am so thankful to be an American, with rights and liberties unheard of until 1776. I know the value of those rights and liberties, and the price paid by so many to secure and protect them. I believe in the years ahead America will be handed, yet again, a bill for those rights and liberties. America has paid that same bill over and over, and sadly, there is no way to EVER stamp that bill “Paid in Full“. The “bill collector” is shuffling towards our door even now, and I pray we still have enough of the Spirit of 1776, and 1812, and 1863, and 1917, and 1945, and 2001 to pay the price!
Give abundant thanks this Thanksgiving…hold in your hearts all those things you hold most dear, and make sure Freedom is one of them! For the “rent” on our Freedom is just about due…
from “Galt’s Gulch”…God Bless America