The Last Thanksgiving



The Last Thanksgiving

Remember the First Thanksgiving,
When the Pilgrims prayed,
To thank God,
Who was their daily stay?

They thanked Him,
With their Indian friends,
After that terrible winter,
For food and helping them.

He provided for them:
There was much to pay,
Even with great losses,
Each and every grueling day.

In the morning,
Did your knees bow
And thank God for another day
Of life in the now?

At noon did you remember
To return thanks for what God has given,
At this mid-day time,
The sun high in the heavens?

Your hands – did they clasp
When you sat down to eat,
Thanking the Lord above
For the vegetables and meat?

Did you give gratitude,
Like a vesper time,
In the cool of the evening,
For getting you through, just fine?

So the Last Thanksgiving
Is really up to you.
When was it?
When did you last give thanks, too?

— Charles B. Mayes

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“Always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”  (Holy Bible – Ephesians 5:20 – NIV)

It seems that we always need reminders to the thankful.  It should not be so, but it is.

I’m thankful for you who read my poems.  I prayerfully hope that everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend!

As If Watching A Movie

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Very Moving

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Thank you and again Happy Thanksgiving weekend! – ”As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’ ” (Holy Bible – Acts 17:28)