Thanksgiving Day is Thursday, November 22nd. It is a very special day for me, as this American holiday, dedicated to giving thanks at the end of the harvest season, reminds me of something in Barbados. It reminds me of Harvest Sunday at St. Ambrose Church in St. Michael.
Thankful for Abundant Blessings
Let me recall a few of the many things that I am grateful for (chronological order):
- First, I am thankful that I was born into a Christian family. I am thankful for having a mother who steadfastly adhered to her Christian values throughout her many trials.
- Second, I would like to thank the Government of Barbados, the British Council and the University of Miami for financing my higher education.
- Third, I would like to thank the American people for the opportunities, respect and responsibilities that they have given me. In particular, I appreciate the Cuban-Americans, who have been very understanding.
- Fourth, I am thankful for the cohesion, loyalty and love of my allies. The turmoil I see around me only accentuates my gratitude.
- Fifth, and most important, I am extremely thankful for the abundant blessings that God has showered on me.
Commercialization of Holiday - An Opportunity?
In America, it seems that Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the Christmas shopping season! The Christmas season is starting early! Let us grab the opportunity to combat the commercialization of this season by also starting the Christmas spirit early! We can spread the spirit by accepting that we are all God’s children - whether we are BLP, DLP, BFP, BU or BFPE! Let us work together to create a spirit of love and understanding. Let’s have spirited debates, let’s contradict and argue, but above all let’s eschew meanness.
“Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!”
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”
- Luke 2:14