Thank God for Thanksgiving!!!

Note: this is going to get positive in a minute….stick with me. 

You don’t have to be an avid follower of the national news to know that we have big challenges in our country, the latest of which is our contested presidential election. Thank God for our US Constitution, which provides for provisions for such things. Then there’s the dramatic division within our country, primarily along political party lines, as manifested in race issues, the debate over defunding the police, and shutdowns, given COVID. Everything is political, including getting a vaccine to market. 

Add to the above all the social unrest, i.e. vandalism, luting, assaults, riots…with significantly increased crime and homicide rates. In addition, in the land of the free, the United States, we’re experiencing censorship in a significant way, both by the mainstream media and social media. 

Assuming you pay attention to this stuff, it can really take its toll. It’s crazy; it’s scary. It’s absolutely bizarre to think about what’s taking place in our country.   

Having stated the above, we have a lot to be grateful for, to be thankful for on this Thanksgiving, 2020. We get to live in the United States of America, the greatest social and economic experiment in world history. There’s no place in the world that compares to our country. While others have great architecture and landscape, no one has our freedoms, those things held so dear by our Founders, that include the freedom of:

  • Religion
  • Speech
  • The Press
  • Assembly
  • Petition the government

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And that’s only the First Amendment. While race and gender inequality existed at the country’s founding, significant measures have been taken over the last 60+ years to dramatically improve the situation. Without question, there’s more work to be done. 

But even with these challenges, we’re in a far better place than the rest of the world. Americans are a good people, a compassionate and generous people…statistically speaking, the most generous people in the world. There’s not another country that is so welcoming of immigrants. Nor another country that takes so good of care of them or its residents.   

The economic opportunities in the United States are second to none. The story of our country is immigrants coming here and having financial success, finding a better life for themselves and their families. The same opportunities and experiences exist for American citizens. And as time progresses and innovation persists in this great country, more opportunities exist. 

The United States of America is the leader of the world. That’s not by accident or just because we have the mite to make an impact…militarily and economically. It’s because we’re the role model for the world. We’re the best of the best and others want to emulate us.

I write the above, knowing that we still have challenges in this country. The one closest to my heart, in addition to the pro-life movement, is solving for poverty. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to remove politics from the conversation, understanding what has and hasn’t worked over the last 60+ years. Having spent trillions of dollars on the issue, wouldn’t it be great if we used the same innovation to lift families out of poverty as we have to startup businesses that become thriving successes.   

In closing, I’d like to offer the following prayer for our country: 


Dear Lord, thank you for all of our many blessings

Here in the United States of America; 

Help us to remember the freedoms you have provided us, 

And the opportunities you have given us.

Help us dear Lord, come together as a nation, eliminating the division. 

Lord, let us feel Your unconditional love, not caring what others think, 

But being all that you call us to be. Help us to see Christ in all and be Christ to all, 

Living Your Will, helping others be the best version of themselves. 

Jesus Christ, Son of the Father, we thank you for our great country; 

We ask for your continued blessings on its citizens and all that travel here. 



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God Bless you on your Path to Peace, Joy, and Fulfillment!!!

Mark Joseph