| Thanksgiving Thoughts
By Jan Lankford
With the holidays rapidly approaching my desire for you
is to not think of what dinner you should prepare for someone, but rather pray for the
ones who will not be able to share the holiday with loved ones. So often it is overlooked
as we hurriedly try to finish the little details of what needs to be done -making lists
and purchasing objects to prepare for the big day. We tend to lose patience and all
sensitivity towards others. It seems as if the only goal is to have this holiday
equal to none.
What about the ones who are not able, for one
reason or another, to share in this joyous occasion? The ones who are hospitalized,
stranded out of town, all alone with no one to comfort them, or the soldier who will not
be allowed to return home. Consider the mother or father who is serving her /his duty
overseas, with children waiting at home; the little child who has never seen anything more
than a meager portion of food; the grandparent who is not allowed to share time or watch
the grandchild grow; the bitter battles between people who cant put aside their
differences, not even for a short period of time; those times when pride and hatred take
over and forbid love and caring to enter.
We should all ask the Great Scoutmaster,
"Why cant we see the blessings You have given us?"
Maybe we need to slow down in our holiday
preparation and actually give thanks - thanks for all, no matter how small or simple or
large and difficult.
Thanks family, for the blessings through out the
year, for the life we still have. Let us look at life through the eyes of others and then
ask that our eyes and hearts be filled with clarity, understanding, and love - to
show others the way, the way that Scouting has taught us to do our duty to other people.
Lets show others the meaning of this holiday by our good turns for all.