Bill Ellis: We all have much to be thankful for in November
Most all of us are glad the county, state and national elections are over. One of the first comments I heard the following day was, “Well, we got what we deserve.”
The candidate who wins is always the one with a superb ground game — the same way many football games are won on every level. Sitting out one election is a vote for the other party. Vote or never complain.
Another thing we can be thankful for is the memory of and celebration of Veterans Day. Where I attend church most every Sunday morning, if I am not the pulpit guest in another church somewhere, was a beautiful and spiritually moving service. The 45-voice adult choir directed by Mandy Bohm, with appropriate visuals and the tremendous sermon, were among the highlights. Every branch of military service was recognized — Army,k Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and the Marines who were authorized by the Continental Congress on Nov. 10, 1775.
Marine Tommy Williams led the congregation in prayer for our men and women who had served and are still serving in the military. This year is a 237 Birthday Anniversary for the Marines.
Dr. Melissa Pratt titled her sermon, “The Love Party.” Jesus had a campaign slogan that read, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind and love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:37). This is the party I definitely want to belong to because it transcends all others and will conquer all others.
On Tuesday, citizens representing numerous segments of county life gathered in the beautiful community room of First State Bank in Hurricane, for the 18th Annual Putnam County Thanksgiving Dinner, catered superbly by The Gallery. Guest speaker was the legendary All-American football player and coach, Leon McCoy.
Thanksgiving Day is the only religious and Christian holiday having its origin in America. Some people list what they are thankful for on each of the 30 days — a month of blessings and gratitude.
A young man, named Mark, young enough to be my son, a math teacher of brilliant mind and spiritual depth, highlighted the first 10 days of the month. He said, “I am thankful for:”
n God’s grace and justice
n A loving family
n A loving, patient fiancee
n The drive to not give up on the important things
n Those who served/serve honorably in the U.S. military
n My Marine brothers
n My biker friends
n Opportunity and desire to learn
n The United States Marine Corps
I listened to and joined in the signing of a song titled “The Power of your Name.” The chorus has these words: “And I will live to carry Your compassion, To love a world that’s broken, To be Your hands and feet, And I will give with the life that I’ve been given, And go beyond religion to see the world be changed, By the power of Your name.”
The best expression of Thanksgiving is to translate it into “Thanksliving.”
Bill Ellis is a syndicated columnist who can be reached at P.O. Box 345, Scott Depot, WV 25560; phone 304-757-6089.