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I'm a simple man, not a simpleton. The worst thing any of our leaders can do is to get those two things confused. I'm a warrior for those things I believe in. I stand up for my friends, family, God, and country. All I truly want is for the government to stay as far out of my life as I can get it. Oh and just in case you haven't guessed it; I'm conservative in my bones.


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Saturday, November 28, 2009

Thanksgiving And Other Things

I tried for days to think of what I would like to have written about concerning Thanksgiving without ever catching on that one thing that no other blogs had written about. Most of the conservative blogs I visited spoke to our thanks to God for this great (if declining) nation and the opportunities our families and ourselves have enjoyed. I've seen blogs give thanks (deservedly so) for our troops that continue to put themselves in harms way. And not a few have tried to remind us that our families are our greatest blessings and should be cherished.

All true. I don't want to merely blog here and regurgitate the same old lines and topics that others spout. That has never been what this blog was supposed to be. So, here is what I came to in addition to what others have rightly posted.

I am thankful for my God, Country, Family, and Friends. I am thankful for those that have come and gone home before me. There will come a time in the future, and not so distant a future at that, that I will leave the fights and struggles of this world and assume room temperature, finishing my race finally taking my rest. I am truly thankful for that assurance, granted to me by grace. I'm thankful that I didn't have to try to earn it, but only accept the Truth and bend my knee with humility. My Lord takes care of the rest.

I was brought to this topic because today is a special day to me. Five years ago , I set down with my mother for our last Thanksgiving meal together. Afterwards, I took her to the Hospital and they admitted her with pneumonia. Three days later, five years ago today, she passed away. I miss her terribly and will all of my days. But I envy her, also. She was the very picture perfect example of redemption through grace.

I went to her gravesite today, and was struck by the fact that it was empty. Somehow that just didn't seem right, so I went and bought a candle and roses to put at her grave. Don't know how the fire marshal will feel about me leaving an open flame burning out there, but I wanted to shine a light for her. She placed a permanant light in my heart and in all those that knew her. She wasn't perfect by human standards, but she had an overwhelming love for Christ, and also for her family. I miss her with a desperation that feels like an open wound. But I wouldn't bring her back to this old world of pain for any price.

God bless you mom. I'll be following along soon enough, but I'm not done yet.


Gramma 2 Many said...

This brought tears to my eyes. If you read my Thanksgiving post you saw that I mentioned having one more holiday with my mother. Deep in my soul I feel like it is my last one with her. Here I am 63 years old, having been blessed with the presence of my mother for all of these years, when my darling 32 year old daughter in law lost her own precious mother just two weeks ago. How unfair it seems, yet I cannot fathom my life without my mother. Selfish? Probably. I do know the Truth and am secure in it. My daughter in law knows as did her mother. My mother, I am not sure. She is unwilling to talk about those things. I pray for the opportunity to share once more those wonderous truths before He takes her from here.
This is a beautiful post and a fitting tribute to a wonderful lady. I am glad you were blessed with such a strong role model in your life.

Joe said...

Great post! Great memories. I have just experienced my second Thanksgiving without my mother, and the third without my father. I look forward to being reunited with them soon (as God measures soonness).

Gramma 2 Many said...

Re your comment on my blog.
I do not know what it will take to make Americans recognize that there may be more to be done than letter writing, calling and tea parties. I do not know if they are really willing to sacrifice their warm comfortable life for the cause. Maybe when push really comes to shove there will be more who are willing to step up to the plate. Glenn Beck is certainly becoming more vocal about the need for more aggressive tactics.
Do not lose hope my friend, I keep hoping there are enough true Americans who will rally when the call is heard.

M. Rigmaiden said...

Thanks for sharing this heartwarming story GW. From what you said about your Mother, her story is inspirational. It is always good to KNOW that redemption and HOPE are around, otherwise you will be depressed. I hope you are well:)

Greywolfe said...

Guys and Gals, thanks for coming by. And thanks for the comments. Disa, I've missed you. Hope for Redemption is my only succor for the moment. Leftists have destroyed my nation(or are advancing to this end) more thoroughly than any standing foreign army could.

I now believe that we will indeed live for a time under european type socialism and oppression. We've earned it. If this was ever a God Blessed nation, it no longer is. Something else we've earned. At least we each have the sure knowledge that in the hereafter, at least, we will have the laws and rules that we deserve.

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