“Count on your health instead of your wealth. Count on God instead of yourself.” (Jerry Kill) I admired J.K. as a football coach but I admire him most as a human being who has dealt with adversity in his life in a realistic and positive way. I chose his words as a “Thanksgiving” reminder that all that we have is a gift from God. A Thanksgiving Prayer: “For food, when many walk in hunger, for faith when many walk in fear, for friends in a world where many walk alone...we give you thanks, AMEN.” ;-) Jack
FROM FACEBOOK LIZ: happy thanksgiving! JACK: The table size will be smaller, because of some travel plans, but I anticipate the same delicious items...starting with stuffed celery.
FROM TARMART REV: Happy Thanksgiving, Jack! Much easier it is at time in the lives of the McCullough's to count on their health than their wealth and their God than themselves!====JACK: Will you be at Target and Walmart on Black Friday? If so, you might need a larger bag of popcorn for all of those who stop by at your table.
FROM OUTHOUSE JUDY: Love this! I sometimes become my arthritis and let it become who I am instead of me controlling it! Sometimes I have to pull myself up by my imaginary boot straps and just deal with it! I like to quote Veggie Tails to my grandkids.... "God is bigger than the boggy man, He's bigger than Godzilla and monsters on tv! God is bigger than the boggy man and Hes say watchin' over you and me".====JACK: My father-in-law often said, "We are who we are." Your faith tells you that you are more than your limitations. "I am a child of God, and nothing is better than that."
FROM ST PAUL IN ST PAUL: happy Thanksgiving, Jack, and thanks for all the good WW over the years.====JACK: Today, I'm going near to your old stomping grounds (Figa). While there, I'll say a prayer of thanks to God for you and your family and our friendship.
FROM LBP IN PLYMOUTH: I like the prayer. Thanks.====JACK: Maybe one of your kids can say it as you gather at the Thanksgiving table.
FROM HAWKEYE GEORGE: Amen to that.====JACK: "Count on God" is worth a loud AMEN.
FROM LB: From our family to your family may you have a healthy, happy and blessed Thanksgiving.====JACK: There are so many things for which to give G-d thanks, aren 't there?
FROM CH ON CAPE COD: Thanks! Happy Thanksgiving!====JACK: Last night, on Public TV, we saw a program about the Pilgrims and the harsh winter they spent after landing at Plymouth. I suppose you that live close to that area can identify with the harsh winter weather.
FROM DP IN MINNESOTA: That is a powerful prayer!====JACK: I thought that each petition related to "need" circumstances in the world today...the poor, hungry and homeless, who are often swept aside; the fearful, because of terror places in the world , but also because of personal situations; the lonely, with memories of what "used to be." Besides of prayers of thanks, we might also include prayers of concern.
FROM QUILTING CAROL: Happy Thanksgiving to you, Mary and your family! Think I’ll use your prayer for our Thanksgiving dinner. A great reminder of how lucky we are to live in this country, to be free, have wonderful friends and a loving family, plus so much more!====JACK: Each of the holidays has its own "theme." I especially like "Thanks-giving." But Christmas, Easter, Mothers/Fathers Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day and Birthdays, aren't bad, either, when we remember them for what they signify.
FROM HUNGRY HOWIE: Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.====JACK: Your new grandchild is something to be thankful this year. G-d is good.
FROM BLAZING OAKS: LOVE THIS PRAYER, AND HOPE TO USE IT TOMORROW AT OUR THANKSGIVING GATHERING. THIS IS THE ONLY HOLIDAY THAT MY BROTHER'S, MY TWIN SISTER'S AND MY FAMILY ALL GET TOGETHER, IF AT ALL POSSIBLE, AND THE FIRST TIME IN MANY, MANY, YEARS IT WILL NOT BE AT MY HOUSE. TIME TO PASS THE TORCH! :-) HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL!====JACK: As Ecclesiastes says: "There is a time for everything." I guess that means that there is a time for passing the Thanksgiving torch. Enjoy the "time" this year.
FROM BB IN ILLINOIS: Fabulous prayer! Thank you!====JACK: Do you recall singing the words of this hymn: James Montgomery was the composer.
the motion of a hidden fire that trembles in the breast.
2 Prayer is the simplest form of speech that infant lips can try;
prayer the sublimest strains that reach the Majesty on high.
3 Prayer is the contrite sinners' voice, returning from their way,
while angels in their songs rejoice and cry, "Behold, they pray!"
4 Prayer is the Christians' vital breath, the Christians' native air;
their watchword at the gates of death; they enter heaven with prayer.
5 O Christ, by whom we come to God, the Life, the Truth, the Way,
the path of prayer You also trod; Lord, teach us how to pray!
====BB: Yes…my mind began singing at the first line. You warm my heart.
FROM HONEST JOHN: Love that prayer.====JACK: I spent some time trying to get the right one.====JOHN: The time was well spent
FROM CPA BOB: Have a Happy Thanksgiving, with the noise of an active family, more food than you can eat, and good health for the many Thanksgivings to come.====JACK: Don't forget the parade and the football game. They are Thanksgiving, too.
FROM WOLVERINE COP: Another wonderful Thanksgiving prayer. We will pray this today. Thank you! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.====JACK: I think that we will be using the same prayer, so we'll have that in common. Will you be at THE GAME on Saturday?