November is a full month even missing a day …
The first of November used to be a holy day: All Saints Day. Christians prayed and gave thanks for all the “great cloud of witnesses” that came before them.
Now it is the day Christmas decorations go up and Christmas merchandise makes it to the shelf.
The eleventh used to be Veterans Day – an honorable day to remember the brave men and women who sacrificed so much to defend and protect this nation, our homes and our freedom.
Now it is a day to flip a finger at the tomb of the unknown soldier and in an effort of short-sightedness, castigate ourselves as colonialists, imperialists and war-mongers. It has become a day to hate all things military.
The third Thursday used to be a day to give thanks to God for family, friends, neighbors – for all the blessings bestowed by the providential grace of God on our homes, communities and nation. It was a day of prayer and gratitude, not only for a good harvest (good year) but for all the good things in life. It was a feast of celebration of life.
Now, God is gone, gratitude is gone, the expressions of love for family friend and neighbor is gone. We have excess food and football in preparation for shopping.
On that first Thanksgiving, European settlers and Native Americans gathered together like the best of neighbors. They celebrated life, the harvest, and peace. It was a joyous time of fellowship and friendship with pledges to one another in the understanding that peace is always better than war. And they gave thanks to God, each in their own way, and none other than God.
Now, the people who came here from Europe to worship and practice their faith without persecution are painted as greedy, land-grabbing killers and murderers, And the Native Americans mourn Thanksgiving as if that one GOOD day is the cause of all the bad days that followed.
These are simple things. If you have a desire for any sort of historical fiction, especially during NaNo month, my thought is this: “Don’t let your modern prejudices get in the way of reality.” And that is what they are. They are not political correctness. They are not open minded. They are certainly not seeing the truth as if for the first time. They are plain and simply prejudice and bigotry of the post-modern mind.
Have a happy Thanksgiving, and don’t be afraid to be grateful and give thanks for all that you have. And, if I may, don’t be in such a hurry to go out on Friday and get more …