by: Johnny Golden
As we prepare our homes and hearts for the annual day of "Thanks" - giving I recommend that each of us pause for a moment and actually utter the words "Thank you".
"To whom are we offering this Declaration of Gratefulness?", you might ask. Well, how about starting with those in our immediate circles of life - spouses, friends, and other family members. We do 'hold certain truths', do we not, that equal beings deserve equal recognition one from the other, yes?
With trimmings of hope abounding, we include our neighbors also - those within earshot and those amongst the gunshots - from Alabama to Zimbabwe their cries and churnings for change can no longer be ignored nor are they in vain.
From the self-pronounced hallowed halls of history to the contemporaneously soiled and sullied secrets of sanctimonious men we proclaim an ancient declaration of the truer meaning of Angelou's 'Morning', "Let there be Light" for the pulse of all of God's creation.
On this day, this moment of historical recording we pause to assert and affirm that, "yes", we are stronger as a nation of diversity and not division; and we acknowledge that "a house divided against itself cannot stand. "Summer soldiers and sunshine patriots" of pretentious and prurient love, cacophonous harmony and transactional peace do little, shamefully little, to promote 'a more perfect union' of grace and gratitude.
What we need, what we so desperately yearn for, are men and women who will stand at the fore and declare their unequivocated respect for the decent and deserving dignity of all of creation, and that without regard. "Ah me".
The poet Rilke, existentialist he may be, reminded us that "the Creator knows no poverty". Not satisfied with the world around you? Then let us rise with unfeigned ardor and begin the arduous pursuit of creating a better tomorrow - for all.
Last, and certainly not least, let us offer words of gratitude to the ONE who makes "all things possible". The One "in whom we move and breathe and have our being". "Love is not love til love's vulnerable", said Roethke, and" greater love" has no man had for any than the love that the Heavenly Father has continually displayed towards us All. He has brought us to His welcoming table and His banner over us is Love.
Now, America, let us pause and give Thanks.