First, there were gracious words from the young lady who started A Million Thanks, the nonprofit organization dedicated to collecting and sending letters and cards of encouragement and support to our troops. The message:
I just wanted to take a minute to thank you for the wonderful article you wrote about myself and A Million Thanks for the Marietta Daily Journal. I truly appreciate your support of the organization and our troops. I’m sure your writing will inspire others to think about how grateful they are this Thanksgiving for what our troops do for us. Thank you again for taking time to spread the word! Blessings on you and your family this holiday season. Best,
Shauna Fleming, Founder, A Million Thanks.
Another reader commented on First Lady Michelle Obama sending the troops an e-mail card which was quoted in the column. The message:
Sending an email signed by Michelle Obama to our military overseas is, to me, the epitome of irresponsibility. That woman, who for some inexplicable, unfathomable reason thinks she has the credibility or integrity to consider herself in any way superior to a serviceman or woman, and her arrogant, insolent and egotistical husband, are held in contempt by a vast majority of our military. Send an email — but by no means insult our troops by sending one purportedly signed by that bigoted, ———!
One more email, this one sent by Gov. Nathan Deal to his mailing list:
Despite the challenges that face our state and nation, this season of thanksgiving and reflection reminds us there are many reasons to be thankful. This year, Sandra and I are especially grateful for the trust the citizens of Georgia have bestowed upon us to lead this great state.
Each day I am reminded of the opportunity you have given me to serve as your governor. There is no better time than Thanksgiving to express my most sincere gratitude for this blessing.
As you pause to enjoy this precious holiday with your family and friends, we ask for God’s blessing on you, today and throughout our holiday season. “Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of Thanksgiving.” – Colossians 4:2.
From our family to yours, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving.
Nathan and Sandra
Finally, this all reminds me of what President George H. W. Bush said in his acceptance speech: “I want a kinder and gentler nation.” Then, apropos to the current partisan divide in Washington, in his inaugural Bush reached out his hand to his friends — “and I do mean friends — in the loyal opposition.” He reached out to the Democratic House Speaker and the Senate majority leader, saying, “The American people await action. They didn’t send us here to bicker. They ask us to rise above the merely partisan.”
My friends, it’s time for goodwill toward men — and women — regardless of party.