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We give thanks this year for so many new friends and continuing longtime friendships.

I am also thankful that we live in a place like Calhoun County. At the time of the Civil War, West Virginia and, yes, Calhoun County, were involved in the greatest tragedy of our America. It was a struggle of brother against brother. In four years, over 620,000 soldiers lost their lives. The number of civilian deaths is unknown. More Americans lost their lives in the Civil War than in all of the nation’s other wars combined.

Toward the end of the Civil War, when hatred between the North and South was at the highest point, Abraham Lincoln was asked to speak to a group of staunch Unionists, who were parents that lost their sons and husbands in battle. Lincoln spoke with compassion for the Southerners. He said in plain words that he pitied them.

After his speech, an older lady admonished the president for speaking kindly of his enemies. She said that he should be more concerned with wiping the Confederates off the earth and bringing the war to a close. He replied in his gentle way, “Madam, don’t I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?”

It was this tender spirit of Lincoln that kept America from being totally destroyed. Even though Lincoln died a violent death at the hands of an assassin, his example still lives, helping Americans to bind up their wounds and seek peace with their neighbor.

Calhoun County is a “melting pot” of old line families, mixed with new neighbors from all over the U.S., and even the world. These are people who are making a contribution to our lives. Let us join hands and pray with our neighbors. We must work together for the future of our county, state, nation and world.

We must care.

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When you are making out your Christmas card list this year, please include the following:

        A Recovering American Soldier

        c/o Walter Reed Army Medical Center

        6900 Georgia Ave., NW

        Washington, DC 20307-5001

If everyone sends a card, these special people, who gave so much, will know they are appreciated.

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Thanksgiving Blessing:

God, we give You thanks for the delicious food on our table,

the loved ones gathered around, and the love that unites us.

We thank You for the peace of this day and the hope with

which we expect tomorrow.

We give thanks for health, laughter, and the bright skies

that make our lives delightful, and for You, who make

it all possible.

We are humbly grateful. Amen.

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