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Thanksgiving Day, what a tribute to our heritage. It's too bad that it has to be debased to "turkey day" or "how many football games will you watch?" - let alone the ever increasing emphasis on commercialism that tends to drown out the true purpose of giving thanks to almighty God.

Yes, there was an increase in disasters this year and our sympathy goes out to those who had to suffer beyond anything expected or imagined.

The pilgrims who settled our land also had to suffer hardship, deaths and broken dreams, yet they humbled themselves and thanked God for the harvest blessings they received.

God's word tells us "My grace is sufficient for you, my power is perfected in your weakness."

This promise was not only to the apostle Paul, but is pertinent to our day and time as well.

We certainly owe our thanks to the efforts of the Red Cross, Salvation Army and others who responded to the need for help in the dire situations of this past year.

I'm thankful for our land of freedom. I'm thankful for President Bush. I'm thankful for every individual in each segment of government who still believes in and trusts in the only true and living God.

I'm thankful that our forefathers set aside this day and President Lincoln proclaimed it a national holiday "as a day of thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent father."

This summer seemed like a terrible drought in parts of Illinois. We thank God for crops beyond expectations and once again a bountiful harvest nationwide.

John Gramm



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