It’s the time of year when we think about what we are thankful for. When looking up the definition of thanksgiving, words like blessed, grateful, gratitude and joy are synonymous with thankfulness. The definition of giving is “to present voluntarily and without expecting compensation.” In the Bible, 2 Corinthians 9:7 says, “not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” Thanksgiving is about giving, or sharing, what we have with others. Last Easter, one of our granddaughters was showing her Easter basket to my wife, who pointed to one of the eggs and commented how pretty that egg was. Without hesitation, our granddaughter grabbed the egg and said, “Here Grandma, I want you to have this egg.” Last week, we had the opportunity to take our grandson trunk-ortreating at our church fall festival. As we approached the first trunk, the man dropped a piece of candy in our grandson’s bucket. This was repeated at the second car. As we approached the third car, the man held out a large bowl of candy. Our grandson looked at the bowl then in his bucket with two pieces of candy. He reached in his bucket and took out one piece and placed on top of the large bowl of candy. When do we lose that instinct of sharing and caring?
Over the years, Thanksgiving has often become a day of eating too much, marathon football games, falling asleep on the sofa and preparing for Black Friday. However, the events of the last 18-20 months of lockdowns, quarantines, layoffs, losing loved ones and financial hardships have blanketed our country and county. Many people are unsure of their own futures.
During WWII, the citizens throughout the country were asked to forego many things to make sure there would be enough money and materials for our soldiers fighting for our freedoms. The citizens united behind this effort. Ration stamps were issued to buy such “luxuries” as gasoline, tires, sugar and flour. Everyone gave up something for the “war effort.” Today, I’m not sure “We the People” would unite. We are facing shortages of many items. Small businesses have closed or are struggling. Companies are cutting hours due to staff shortages. But, there is no “war effort” to support. Today, the only battle ground seems to be in Austin and Washington. This side vs. that side; Red vs. Blue; Republicans vs. Democrats. Both sides have forgotten that they work for us—not the other way around—all because these career politicians won’t reach across the aisle and help the citizens of this great land.
THAT STOPS HERE! In the Old Testament, the word thanksgiving (in most cases) comes from the Hebrew word “todah” which is the extension of the hand. So, I extended my hand across the aisle to reach out to the Democrat county chairwoman to do something together for the community. No politics, no campaigning, no political party affiliation. Just two people wanting to do something for the citizens. Please join us on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 25, at the Jourdanton Community Center for the Atascosa County Feast of Thanksgiving for a free Thanksgiving dinner. Volunteers and donations are needed, and we won’t talk politics, but we might talk Turkey.
“There is no limit to the amount of good you can do if you don’t care who gets the credit.”- Ronald Reagan
WAYNE VAUGHN is the Atascosa County Republican Party Chairman. You may reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.