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Post  Cheryl Brickner on Sun Nov 20 2011, 16:12


The American Thanksgiving Day is just around the corner! Celebrated on the 4TH Thursday of every November, it's a commemoration of America's First Thanksgiving; 'giving thanks' to God for guiding the Pilgrims safely to the New World. Thanksgiving became a Federal Holiday in 1863, during the height of the Civil War, when then President Abraham Lincoln, proclaimed November 26TH to be a national day of thanksgiving.

All of us have something to be thankful for, be it our health, good fortune, the love of our family, our job . . . and BTW, if you're alive you can be thankful for that! Thanksgiving is not a time for pessimism. It's a time to remember all the good things that have happened to you, and to remember too that those individuals closest to you are a wonderful part of that blessing.

This special prompt is a time to share your thoughts about real blessings. Whether you'd like to write about the history of Thanksgiving, or share something a bit closer to home, now is the time to write about the most precious holiday before we enter into Christmastime festivities.

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The Harvest Of Thanksgiving

How grateful are we to
Live in a land filled
With freedom at God's gentle hand.
A long time ago
When the harvest was ripe,
Festivities gathered from morning til night.
A voyage began to a new found land
Called the United States of America
Celebrating liberty so grand!
They called it "Thanksgiving"
For all of their trials,
That succeeded by great leaders
And God's sovereign smile.
Together, each year,
We gather for a feast
In thanksgiving for what
Good harvest and peace.
So thank you dear Lord,
For all you have done.
We celebrate this season
In gratefulness and love.

Cheryl Brickner 2011

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Re: 11-20 The Harvest of Thanksgiving

Post  Lucie on Mon Nov 21 2011, 04:37

well done Cheryl, couldn't have said it better myself.. Very Happy
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The Harvest of Thanksgiving

Post  Cheryl Brickner on Mon Nov 21 2011, 13:39

Thank you Lucie!
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Liberty

Post  Cheryl Brickner on Mon Nov 21 2011, 14:33

Liberty

Liberty is something you cannot see.
It is a gift from God which
Sets us free!
For all mankind desires free will
Without a ruler that destroys and kills.
We've been given a land filled with
Free choices and will.
Our forefathers fought to keep us free
Given the opportunity for all to see.
Do we do our part to share in the cause
For freedom, liberty and stability of laws?
Liberty we shout for all to hear
Of freedom and rights essentially so dear!
Do not forget how much was done
To pay for our freedom
From our forefathers who won!

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Re: 11-20 The Harvest of Thanksgiving

Post  BC Williams on Mon Nov 21 2011, 16:01

Beautiful prompt, and beautiful writing Cheryl. I look at our US now and see a land in turmoil, but I still feel this is the place to be. Though our freedoms seem to be eroding, and the moral backbone of this nation is not what it once was, America is resilient. We are blessed, and must stay thankful for all the blessings we hold dear! We must not forget where the blessing comes from, and in my humble opinion, it has always been from God . . ..

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Re: 11-20 The Harvest of Thanksgiving

Post  BC Williams on Mon Nov 21 2011, 16:09

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November 23, 1944

She gathered together her children as one,
two little squaws and two brave braves.
Wood smoked warmth in a room filled with love,
each in their place, heads bowed to behave.

She asked eldest John to give thanks to God
for all the blessings He'd managed to give.
The boy tried to pray like their daddy had -
especially the ending, their sins to forgive.

She hadn't much, but what there was
was served in bowls well used and old.
Minted peas, potatoes, a hen skillet fried.
Simple food, but such comfort to behold.

She asked them to take proper turns
telling what they felt thankful for
then she counted a few of her own.
The first, her children she truly adored,

"We have a floor, a roof, a garden plot,
Jesus in our home, a mule in the field.
We have each other - it's more than some
and our hearts in love are sealed."

"We have Joe, the rabbit and a tailless dog!"
katie Lu said, through a mouthful of peas.
Little Jack sneezed, said he was awful thankful
when he fell he hadn't skint his knees!

She smiled, looking down toward John,
his head bowed forward, eyes closed.
Better give the eldest a bit more time, she thought
to get all his thankfulness composed . . ..

Marie squealed, "ME!" ready to spill her beans.
At 4, she had many thoughts she could tell:
"I thanky Katie don't run blabbers to you cuz I drop her dolly Magpie in the mud
then I grab her and wash her in the bucket cept I drop her, SPLASH in the well!"

John grinned as he lifted his head,
looked at his sister then moved in his chair.
"I'm thankful we got food on our table ma
and thankful you made us warm clothes to wear.

I'm thankful too we had a daddy like pa.
I sure miss him a lot ma; that blasted war!
And if he were here with us right now . . ."

She saw him first.

Leaning against the jamb -
a smile, a tear, her husband filling the door.
The kids followed her gaze, he moved forward
and bent low to scoop up his four.

"And if he were here right now," their pa said,
he would never leave any of them again!
I'm home children, daddy's here to stay.
Got a bum leg and they sent me home to mend!"

November 23, 1944, Thanksgiving Day.
Two little squaws, three brave braves . . .
wood Smoked warmth in a room filled with love.
She thanked God for the blessings He gave.





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November 23, l944

Post  Cheryl Brickner on Mon Nov 21 2011, 16:27

Bev,
What a touching, moving story and poem. It brought tears to my eyes!
What thankfulness!!!! Brilliant my dear!
Hugs,
Cheryl
Like a Star @ heaven Like a Star @ heaven Like a Star @ heaven
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Re: 11-20 The Harvest of Thanksgiving

Post  BC Williams on Mon Nov 21 2011, 16:49

Ahh, when I wrote this, I lived in a holler:-) Really, I came from a very rural section of southeastern Ohio. I knew many folks like this. Country people are so precious . . . I miss them and their simple, no-nonsense ways.
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Re: 11-20 The Harvest of Thanksgiving

Post  Dori on Mon Nov 21 2011, 18:28

Beautiful writing Cheryl and Bev, I'll get mine in sometime tomorrow, it may not be as touching, or heaven sent, but it will be a poem for this Thanksgiving Day... clapping clapping clapping clapping Like a Star @ heaven Like a Star @ heaven Like a Star @ heaven Like a Star @ heaven
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Re: 11-20 The Harvest of Thanksgiving

Post  Fred West on Tue Nov 22 2011, 09:34

being a brit i think i will stay out of this thanksgiving thing heheheh but nice writing as ever cheryl
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The Harvest of Thanksgiving

Post  Cheryl Brickner on Tue Nov 22 2011, 10:38

Thank you Dori and Fred!
Hugs,
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Re: 11-20 The Harvest of Thanksgiving

Post  Dori on Tue Nov 22 2011, 12:41

I got one, for you Cheryl....


THANKSGIVING DAY FEAST

Turkey in the oven baking and pie waiting to go in,

Grandma and Aunt Teyla with mom setting the table.

The men are watching the football game while playing or talking,

Smelling all that is cooking just waiting to even have some tender ham.

These are the Thanksgivings that I remember in days past,

Wishing to be these once again.


© Nov 10, 2007 BY : Dori Maschke

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The Harvest of Thanksgiving

Post  Cheryl Brickner on Tue Nov 22 2011, 12:50

Bravo Dori!
Ah! I know what you mean!!!!
The smell of Thanksgiving dinner always brings back memories!
Hugs,
Cheryl

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Re: 11-20 The Harvest of Thanksgiving

Post  jinettyx on Tue Nov 22 2011, 15:31

Loving all your writings gang.....I'm thankful for my loving family and friends.
Like Fred said, we don't celebrate thanksgiving over here but I shall enjoy reading your poems... Bless you all. xxx
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Re: 11-20 The Harvest of Thanksgiving

Post  Sue McDonald on Tue Nov 22 2011, 20:34

Beautiful touching writings girls all of them special in their own way. We don't have thanks giving in Aus land either but I still have a lot to be thankful for, so will give it a go ....Well done once again !! clapping clapping clapping Like a Star @ heaven Like a Star @ heaven Like a Star @ heaven give flowers give flowers give flowers
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Re: 11-20 The Harvest of Thanksgiving

Post  peewee on Wed Nov 23 2011, 06:38

In Sixteen Hundred and Twenty One
Some folks got together
The settlers and the Indians
Took advantage of the weather

A date was set
The tables were laid
All day they did eat
And all day they played

They shared the Autumn harvest
Better known these days as the fall
The celebrations they went on for days
A good time was had by all

In Eighteen Hundred and Sixty Three
As civil war ravaged the nation
President Lincoln
Made a proclamation

In November every year
There would be a holiday
And everyone in the Americas
Would celebrate Thanksgiving Day

But It’s just the start
Of the holiday
I would look forward
To black Friday
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Re: 11-20 The Harvest of Thanksgiving

Post  jinettyx on Wed Nov 23 2011, 07:10

Nice one Pete..... Very Happy
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Re: 11-20 The Harvest of Thanksgiving

Post  Lucie on Wed Nov 23 2011, 11:49

Well done pete.. i too looked into the history behind it and started two ode's however am not as brave to release them....
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Re: 11-20 The Harvest of Thanksgiving

Post  BC Williams on Wed Nov 23 2011, 17:36

Release! Release the odes, Lucie!

Nice poem Peter:-) I DO NOT go out on Black Friday:-) Shoot, Christmas rush is building in the stores already, so I'm shying away from much shopping PERIOD!

I should write a more traditional poem for this our Thanksgiving Day. It's tomorrow, and I haven't begun a thing. doh

Dori . . . NICE WORK, little lady! Are you all ready for turkey day? You hosting or going to your son's house?

If I don't get another chance, everyone . . . have a wonderful day tomorrow! For you UK folks, have a wonderful day too. Think of how much you'll save on your waistlines, lol!

Hugs and much love to all . . . bev
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Re: 11-20 The Harvest of Thanksgiving

Post  Lucie on Thu Nov 24 2011, 11:13

hardly gonna save our waistelines...feeding ourselves to keep warm!
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Re: 11-20 The Harvest of Thanksgiving

Post  BC Williams on Thu Nov 24 2011, 11:15

Hey you . . . what's this about you livin' in lakeland . . . .

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The Harvest of Thanksgiving

Post  Cheryl Brickner on Thu Nov 24 2011, 14:49

Bravo Peter!!!
I like it very much!!!
You know your history!
Hugs,
Cheryl
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Re: 11-20 The Harvest of Thanksgiving

Post  Lucie on Fri Nov 25 2011, 00:54

Bev, my flower, THAT came from a message you left me on FB! as soon as i clicked to read ..it accepted your suggestion and automatically plastered it on my wall..
Still, better than where i DO live :D
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Re:The Harvest of Thanksgiving

Post  RichieO on Fri Nov 25 2011, 07:17

A very good prompt is this one Cheryl, had to think about it for a moment. Loved poems so far Pete and Cheryl done one meself hopefully got it right. Great writing so far..... Like Like a Star @ heaven
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Post  Cheryl Brickner on Fri Nov 25 2011, 14:04

Thank you Richie for the sweet comments!
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