Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

I've been more negligent than usual this week in posting. Man of the House is taking his first vacation week from both pastoring and teaching for the first time since April, so we've been busy doing nothing. Well, that's not exactly true. He has taken some time to catch up with some things, and we went Christmas shopping yesterday. After tonight's Thanksgiving vespers (he's interrupting his vacation for it) we will be traveling. But we have spent time in extra sleep and some much-needed goofing off, including watching our way through the Harry Potter movies. But before I sign off for the rest of the week, I wanted to share two things my vast reading audience, a link and a prayer.

The link is to an article from the Ludwig von Mises Institute about the Pilgrims failed attempts at socialism in the early years of Plymouth Colony. I'm posting it as a matter of interest and a little poke in the eye of the Occupy Wall Street mob . . . I mean, crowd. Ahem.

The second is a prayer in honor of Thanksgiving Day.

A Prayer of Thanksgiving by Robert Louis Stevenson

Lord, behold our family here assembled.
We thank Thee for this place in which we dwell;
for the love that unites us;
for the peace accorded us this day;
for the hope with which we expect the morrow;
for the health, the work, the food, and the bright skies,
that make our lives delightful;
and for our friends in all parts of the earth.
Let peace abound in our small company.

Purge out of every heart the lurking grudge.
Give us grace and strength to forbear and to persevere.
Give us the grace to accept and to forgive offenders.
Forgetful ourselves, help us to bear cheerfully the forgetfulness of others.
Give us courage and gaiety and the quiet mind.
Spare to us our friends, soften to us our enemies.

Bless us, if it may be, in all our innocent endeavors.
If it may not, give us the strength to encournter that which is to come,
that we be brave in peril, constant in tribulation, temperate in wrath,
and in all changes of fortune, and, down to the gates of death, loyal and loving to one another.

Have a blessed Thanksgiving, everyone.

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