Thanksgiving? A Day of Despair for Many Because of Crimes Against HumanityToday is a holiday of "Thanksgiving" for many people in the United States. However, I think it is important to understand that this is not a day of Thanksgiving for many people, but a day of mourning. Dr. Gary Kohl has reminded us that Native Americans are not fond of Thanksgiving. Here is the text of a plaque that overlooks Plymouth Rock, the site where Puritans first landed on Native American soil that explains why Thanksgiving has only negative connotations for non-whites: "Since 1970, Native Americans have gathered at noon on Cole's Hill in Plymouth to commemorate a National Day of Mourning on the US Thanksgiving holiday. Many Native Americans do not celebrate the arrival of the Pilgrims and other European settlers. To them, Thanksgiving Day is a reminder of the genocide of millions of their people, the theft of their lands, and the relentless assault on their culture. Participants in a National Day of Mourning honor Native ancestors and the struggles of Native peoples to survive today." If you are fortunate enough to be able to spend Thanksgiving with family members, you truly do have something to be thankful about. But for multitudes in the United States today, holidays like Thanksgiving are simply grim reminders of crimes committed against them that destroyed their families. It is very easy to look at the condition of our culture today, to see the injustice and abuses occurring on a daily basis, and lose hope. Why should one be thankful in the face of terrible injustice, where evil flourishes with seemingly no end in sight, and where it appears that there is no way to fight the corruption that is now the norm? Yet, there is still reason to be thankful...
Thanksgiving? A Day of Despair for Many Because of Crimes Against Humanity
I agree, we must be thankful to our creator, who gives to all people the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. We all demonstrate these rights, even before birth: in the womb, babies struggle for their own existance and move as they see fit. God is worthy to receive thanks for his provision for all in the way plant life sustains us, in the way sunlight sustains plant life, in the way we are called to love one another, in the way we have a moral code within us, indicative of God righteousness. It's amazing to me that we judge and kill others, appealing to our community for justification, rather than to God who tells us explicitly not to judge, neither to kill.
Let God's will be our will, that we might be instruments of his peace and love, protecting and encouraging others.