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Topic: Thanksgiving (04/18/05)

TITLE: National Thanksgiving Day
By kazza walton


Here in Australia we have only just caught up with
our American counterparts in having a national day of thanksgiving.
This will be the second year that such a day is highlighted in our Calender.
It is supposed to be a day when all remember why we are called the
“lucky country”
Sometimes it doesn’t feel like the lucky country.
But then I remember god and I remember that our nation was
originally called the “Great south land of the Holy Spirit.”
Now how awesome is that. Something to give thanks about.

I am reminded that we have freedom of religion here.
No one is hunting us down for our faith.
I remember that we have many other freedoms only
dreamed about in other places in the world and I am thankful.
We have not suffered war on our soil and for this I am thankful.
My mind spins back to December 26th of last year and the awful tsunami
that hit the pacific islands.
No my nation has not suffered like that and I am thankful.
I remember the dreadful day of 9/11 when the world seems to
loose some of its innocence.
How terror can intrude into everyday life.
No we have not suffered like that and I am thankful.
In my mind I remember the Berlin wall and how it divided
a people in half for so long.
No we have not suffered like that and I am thankful.
I remember that many still live under the evils of communism
and dictatorships.
No we have not suffered like that and I am thankful.

It’s not to say that we have not had our own unique problems.
We live in a vast island land that suffers droughts and
floods and cyclones just to name a few.
We are a people called from many nations to be
blended into our own simmering pot of humanity.
My own parents are English migrants who boarded their
ship bound for a new land and life.
For this I am thankful to them.
Most of all I am thankful that I met the lord Jesus Christ.
I am forever grateful to that little New Guinea woman
who introduced me to him.
She opened my eyes to the possibilities of a living relationship
with the lord of lords and the king of kings.
God you are awesome your wonders to amaze.

So when this next Thanksgiving Day rolls around
I am going to say a prayer of thanks to my heavenly father
and remember why I am so thankful to him.

Thanksgiving- An acknowledging and confessing with gladness,
the benefits and mercies, which god bestows either upon others or ourselves.

Philippians 4:6 In everything make your requests know to
god in prayer and petition with thanksgiving.

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Carol Dee Meeks04/26/05
I didn't know this was true in Australia. Thanks for that information. Sometimes, it is a blessing to be thankful for things we don't have, and you have certainly impressed those things. I really enjoyed your write. Thanks for sharing.
donna robinson04/28/05
Sometimes americans think we are the only nation to struggle with the melting pot of different cultures. I like the way this was written. To recognize what other countries deal with and to remember while our own countries struggle to, there are things in each country to be thankful for. I just felt it was written with a clear head.
Karen Deikun04/28/05
I too, enjoyed hearing information about Australia. Your article was very informative. I also enjoyed reading about the person who shared Jesus with you. There were some spelling and grammar areas that you may want to watch. However this was a nice heartfelt presentation of your personal thanksgiving.
Val Clark04/30/05
I agree, as a fellow Australian (I came out when I was 10 with my parents) we are very lucky and no where near as grateful as we should be. Interesting how god bought us or our parents to Australia and we became his children. Your poem flows well. It makes sense. You say what you want to say clearly. Some things you might want to think about. You don’t give God a capital letter but you do give Calendar one. (Same with lord of lord, king of kings, especially as these are titles. Punctuation:? needed after awesome is that. Comma between No and my. Calendar miss spelt BTW. These are just little things. Don’t let them discourage you. You express yourself well.