Happy Thanksgiving

At Thanksgiving, we humble ourselves and give thanks for the many blessings bestowed on us.

This is State Representative Tim Roche with the Republican Weekly Radio Address.

Ceremonies giving thanks for the autumn harvest predate the founding of America and is perhaps our oldest tradition.

Sharing a meal and our stories help to unite and renew us in the blessings of abundance afforded us as Americans.  Thanksgiving became an official holiday in 1863, during the Civil War, when President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed it a national holiday.

This week we celebrate Thanksgiving.

The current state of our nation and Maine makes the sentiments, traditions, and principles of Thanksgiving even more important to us this year.

I won’t dwell this week on the many challenges we face.  Those challenges are apparent to those who struggle to put food on the table or are unable to gather with loved ones and friends this year.  Rather, let us focus and give thanks for what and who we have in our lives.  Let’s focus on what unites us as a people, a state, and a nation – our faith, love, and generosity.

From those who first came to this land seeking religious liberty to those who arrived yesterday in pursuit of economic freedom or seeking refuge, the blessings of self-determination are at the core of why as Americans we should be filled with thanksgiving.

This annual gathering of family and friends is a commitment to the foundation of a life well lived.  An acknowledgement that through the mess and noise of life, the individual relationships we maintain with those we love and those who love us can be renewed and strengthened through the simple act of sharing a holiday meal.

It is also a time to think of those less fortunate than we are, reminisce of the loved ones lost who will no longer be at our tables, and celebrate the new experiences and relationships in our lives that make life worth living.

I am thankful to be able to share the day with my family and the many blessings bestowed upon us.  I give thanks for family, friends, and neighbors and the abundance of talents that find expression in America.

I hope that wherever you find yourself on Thanksgiving Day, that you are surrounded by blessings of peace and grace, and that you offer up prayers for those less fortunate than yourself.

God bless you, your family, friends, and neighbors this Thanksgiving and may you all be renewed in your gathering.

This has been Representative Tim Roche with the Weekly Republican Radio Address.  Thank you for listening, sharing, and following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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