President Barack Obama gives thanks and so do I

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As we end the month of November I am wondering how most of the American people who needed health care are giving thanks. I am wondering if those pastors and preachers who said just “don’t vote” are giving thanks when the one they did not vote for still became the President? How are blended families giving thanks since the end of “institutional segregation” and of course how are you giving thanks this Thanksgiving?

I am thankful for God of the Bible who gave his gift Jesus Christ as a substitute for my sins on the cross. My wife and the consistent love she gives me. I am thankful for my children who make my life worth the trials and obstacles that I have overcome of no consequence because of their love. I am thankful for my grandchildren… some amazing little people who light up the room with the energy and temperament that makes being a grandfather all the better. I am thankful for those who are my students and staff who give me access to their lives so that they can do better and get ahead in life. I am thankful for friends and acquaintances who are there for accountability. As a veteran I am thankful for those who are on the front-lines of our military ans working behind the scenes. I am thankful for my pastor who teaches me that “God has done everything he is going to do..” the rest is up to me! Don’t wait on things to fall from heaven… Go and make something happen! I am thankful for people with disabilities who challenge me to improve and explore the best practices throughout the land so that Direct Support Staff can be looked upon as Professionals and not just an entry level job… it’s a career.


Finally, I am thankful for a place in the world where you can have a voice… a choice…. and freedom to live as you desire without too many sanctions and everyone can pursue Happy-ness as they desire. Yes, there are rules and biblical principles and a world of truths that we all must face but here in the United States of America… we can go from nothing to the highest seat of authority in the land the Congress and President of the United States. We can start a small company named Coke and one day see it everywhere in the world. We can start a small computer company and see them in every home in America and soon to be the world… I am thankful for America! Black, Brown, Red, Yellow, White and so many hues in between. The America I am part of is diverse. It’s robust… it’s alive and dynamic. Not just Black and White, but as Martin Luther King Jr. said,”Not judged by the color of their skin but by the Content of their Character.” Does President Barack Obama have a few flaws? Of course he does, he’s human but he’s attempting to do what some only talked about… His policies are in place to help and support the visions of a Nation of the People By the People. I’m not sure what the future holds for America, but this thanksgiving, I want to thank the U.S.A. may we continue to be as the change in 1948-1951 states…

“One Nation Under God, Indivisible with Liberty and Justice for All…”

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