THANKSGIVING FOR THE TRUTH

Family saying grace before Thanksgiving dinner in Neffsville, Pennsylvania, 1942.
In 1942 our nation was experiencing the darkest days World War II.. In August of that year, ferocious battles had been fought at Stalingrad in Russia and Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands.

This is day before Thanksgiving Day. Whenever we approach a big holiday, I wonder what I should post. Often I give up and don’t bother. Since I can think of nothing new to add, what would be the point? This morning, however, I read these words.

Certain truths should simply be left untouched and honored. Like a good wine, some concepts get better with age. They have stood the test of time. They have been defended by reason. They have been confirmed by revelation. They have been validated by experience. Some ideas have been so vigorously vetted and well stated that they should be left unedited and approached with humility and respect. Some things should just be conserved and not changed.

Conserving Thanksgiving (washingtontimes.com)

I suppose this is why so many just quote what those who went before us have already said so well. We need to remind ourselves and each other of the lessons we have received from the past.

Nevertheless, I still think each generation has something new to add. What can our generation add? What mistakes and grievous sins have we been punished for and learned hard lessons from? It seems we have lost a reverence for the truth. Now we are learning the cost of living immersed in a sea of lies.

Consider how this article begins.

When the Soviet Union existed — 1917 to 1991 — its hapless citizens resorted to dark humor in the face of constant lies. 

Open defiance could land them in the Siberian gulag or a KGB torture chamber in a dank basement near the Kremlin. So they learned to joke among themselves about absurd government claims, such as Pravda insisting that the economy was surging and the collective farms overflowing with food. 

Here are a couple of typical Soviet jests:

Q: How does every Russian joke start?
A: By looking over your shoulder.

Continued => Laughing at all of the Democrats’ lies (washingtontimes.com)

Life in a totalitarian state is grim. So, the humor is dark. Because a joke must point to the truth in order to be funny, even telling a joke entails risk. In order to rule, tyrants must suppress the truth. Otherwise, with one accord We the People will rise up and hang the tyrant on the nearest lamppost.

So, what does the truth have to do with this Thanksgiving Day? We are at the brink. For too long we have neglected to pass onto our children the truths that past generations fought and died to proclaim and live by. So now, like Russian peasants, we have begun to make fun of the endless lies told by our lords and masters. The jokes are funny, and we do well to enjoy and repeat them. However, we must each begin teaching our children the truths that pass generations fought and died for, and Thanksgiving Day would be a good day to begin.

The Bible speaks often of giving Thanks and calls for Thanksgiving appear in the Psalms. Here is a favorite example.

Psalm 118 New American Standard Bible

Thanksgiving for the Lord’s Saving Goodness.

118 Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good;

For His mercy is everlasting.

Let Israel say,

“His mercy is everlasting.”

Oh let the house of Aaron say,

“His mercy is everlasting.”

Let those who fear the Lord say,

“His mercy is everlasting.”

From my distress I called upon the Lord;

The Lord answered me and put me in an open space.

The Lord is for me; I will not fear;

What can man do to me?

The Lord is for me among those who help me;

Therefore I will look with satisfaction on those who hate me.

It is better to take refuge in the Lord

Than to trust in people.

It is better to take refuge in the Lord

Than to trust in noblemen.

10 All nations surrounded me;

In the name of the Lord I will certainly fend them off.

11 They surrounded me, yes, they surrounded me;

In the name of the Lord I will certainly fend them off.

12 They surrounded me like bees;

They were extinguished like a fire of thorn bushes;

In the name of the Lord I will certainly fend them off.

13 You pushed me violently so that I was falling,

But the Lord helped me.

14 The Lord is my strength and song,

And He has become my salvation.

15 The sound of joyful shouting and salvation is in the tents of the righteous;

The right hand of the Lord performs valiantly.

16 The right hand of the Lord is exalted;

The right hand of the Lord performs valiantly.

17 I will not die, but live,

And tell of the works of the Lord.

18 The Lord has disciplined me severely,

But He has not turned me over to death.

19 Open the gates of righteousness to me;

I will enter through them, I will give thanks to the Lord.

20 This is the gate of the Lord;

The righteous will enter through it.

21 I will give thanks to You, for You have answered me,

And You have become my salvation.

22 A stone which the builders rejected

Has become the chief cornerstone.

23 This came about from the Lord;

It is marvelous in our eyes.

24 This is the day which the Lord has made;

Let’s rejoice and be glad in it.

25 Please, O Lord, do save us;

Please, O Lord, do send prosperity!

26 Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord;

We have blessed you from the house of the Lord.

27 The Lord is God, and He has given us light;

Bind the festival sacrifice to the horns of the altar with cords.

28 You are my God, and I give thanks to You;

You are my God, I exalt You.

29 Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good;

For His mercy is everlasting.

What truths should we begin with when we begin teaching our children the truths that pass generations fought and died for? These are found in the Bible. One of these truths is that we should always rejoice in the Lord and give Him our Thanks.

Psalm 100 New American Standard Bible

All People Exhorted to Praise God.

A Psalm for Thanksgiving.

100 Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth.

Serve the Lord with jubilation;

Come before Him with rejoicing.

Know that the Lord Himself is God;

It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;

We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.

Enter His gates with thanksgiving,

And His courtyards with praise.

Give thanks to Him, bless His name.

For the Lord is good;

His mercy is everlasting

And His faithfulness is to all generations.

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4 Responses to THANKSGIVING FOR THE TRUTH

  1. boudicaus says:

    Reblogged this on boudica.us and commented:
    H/T Citizen Tom

  2. artaxes says:

    Reblogged this on Artaxes' brainbench and commented:
    Profound thoughts by Tom.
    Outstanding post.

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