Published November 24, 2021
Barry Cameron
Barry Cameron


Someone wrote these lines:

“Thank God for dirty dishes; they have a tale to tell.

While other folks go hungry, we’re eating pretty well.

With home and health and happiness, we shouldn’t want to fuss;

For by this stack of evidence, God’s been very good to us.”


Too often we take the little things for granted and forget that even with all the battles and burdens of life, we’re still blessed.

William Ward wisely said, “There are three enemies of personal peace: regret over yesterdays’ mistakes, anxiety over tomorrow’s problems and ingratitude for today’s blessings.”

As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving, could we take a break from the pain of the past and the futile fretting over the future that so often finds its way into our hearts and just focus on the blessings of today?

Maybe this will help.

During his time in the White House, President Harry Truman began an unusual Thanksgiving tradition. One which every U.S. president since then has followed. On the Wednesday before Thanksgiving a turkey is pardoned. A pre-selected bird is brought into the Rose Garden and the Commander-in-Chief grants that big bird a pardon. The saved turkey is then ushered off to a Virginia farm where he is granted complete immunity from the carving knife.

That crazy ritual provides some humor and entertainment for those who watch. But also serves as a great reminder to all of us at Thanksgiving.

In a very real sense, we are all turkeys headed toward certain slaughter were it not for the grace and mercy of our God. Our merits haven’t gained His favor and never could. It is simply by His providential pardon alone that we are saved.

So, this Thanksgiving, as you consider all the blessings God has given you, don’t forget the most important one:

His pardon.

© 2021. Barry L. Cameron