The best meditation for Thanksgiving 2022 would be, I think, a very short one.
In fact, just four brief points.
One, politics aren’t expected to be widely popular at the Thanksgiving table this year. This from The Hill, citing a Quinnipiac poll: “A new Quinnipiac poll found that 65 percent of Americans hope they can avoid talking about politics with family and friends this Thanksgiving.”
The White House communication team has put out talking points about President Biden’s accomplishments, as the White House sees them.
Politico has as usual prepared a Playbook entry for how to sound smart talking politics at Thanksgiving. Solution: compile talking points about the midterms and the prospects of the parties’ leaders.
The Hill suggests taking deep belly breaths when dealing with opposing opinions. (Practical, and no doubt good advice.)
NBC Boston is in center field, I think, with its recommendation to just not talk politics.
Two, having a bracing read of Abraham Lincoln’s 1863 Thanksgiving proclamations is a tonic for the soul.
There’s a transcript here of the better-known proclamation, made in October 1863 and appointing the annual national day of thanksgiving.
But the proclamation in July 1863, which set a day in August of that year for national devotion to giving thanks, has somewhat different wording: to my ear, more spiritual, less political and homogenized. This image is from the Library of Congress.
Just see what you think.
Point three: I found that (in my obviously biased opinion), the Thanksgiving reflections I posted in 2021 are worth revisiting. They were about liberty and the purpose of government, and why America’s characteristic philosophy on those matters has been such a great national blessing.
The post isn’t about current politics or specific issues. It may be easier to take if readers are in the mood.
To it, as food for thought, I would just add a tweet I sent a couple of days ago:
And point four:
One reason people are so emotionally burned today is that we have been under a relentless assault of purportedly “just” rebuke and remonstrance from the culture for at least five decades. For a great percentage of us, that means all our lives.
Plucking the strings of “guilt” reflexes, usually unfairly and for cheap advantage, has become a machine-like activity, the main mechanism of virtue-signaling. We call it virtue-signaling, but it has long since ceased being about how “good” the speaker is. For years now, it’s been about how “bad” the speaker thinks everyone else is. Finding fault elsewhere makes him good.
We aren’t meant to live under this onslaught. I’ve written about this before, at greater length, and won’t develop it further here.
Except to say that it’s a fine thing to consider laying aside, and stepping out from under, at Thanksgiving. People need life and hope spoken to them. Liberty is about life and hope.
May our thanks and praise rise as a sweet savor to the God Who sustains us in everything.
If you like a rich, magnificent organ (and perhaps this resonates with childhood memories), this one’s for you.
Let freedom ring.
Feature image: Pixabay; author.