Letters to the Editor for Nov. 22, 2012
Published: Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 9:02 p.m.
Say a prayer for this special Thanksgiving
Is Thanksgiving a religious or a national holiday? Or both?
From the very beginning of our nation, the Declaration of Independence speaks to the concept of a "firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence." Consequently, presidents have historically recognized the need for a nation to pause and reflect on its blessings.
In 1789 President Washington proclaimed a national day of thanks for the creation of a new way of governing. President Lincoln formalized the idea in 1863 in the midst of the Civil War.
Then, in 1961, President Kennedy stated "The guiding principle and prayer of this nation has been, is now, and ever shall be ‘In God We Trust.' "
How wonderful and appropriate would it be if all believers extended their prayers from just thanks for blessings to a prayer for unity for our nation? Yes, Thanksgiving can be truly special.
Jack W. Martin,
How you can reach out to the homeless
There are, at any time, about 500 homeless children in our community. People of good conscience who would like to help often feel powerless when we see such a need, but there is a simple way you can help.
Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) is a network of local congregations of various faiths and denominations who work with IHN to equip families, with the ultimate goal of getting them into homes and jobs. The families are housed one week at a time, four times a year, in the education rooms of a local church or temple. IHN provides the beds, the congregation provides linens, meals, and transportation, if needed, to school and jobs, or to the IHN job center.
If you are a member of a local congregation, urge your faith family to join this local mission. If you cannot host for four weeks out of a year, consider supporting IHN.
There are not enough facilities now to cover 52 weeks a year. Contact IHN at 352-378-2030.
There's only one kind of a ‘holiday' tree
As far as I know there is only one holiday this time of year that celebrates by erecting a large tree, adding strings of lights and decorating with various types of ornaments. That would be Christmas.
I am sure we do not wonder which holiday is attached to the Menorah. We do not feel we need to rename the Menorah "holiday candles" in order to eliminate confusion.
One doesn't need to be a Christian to celebrate Christmas. It's actually not even the symbol of Christmas for Christians; that would be a nativity scene. There's no concern as to what to call that as it's not allowed in the town square in most places.
Whether it is artificial or real. I've never heard a person say "Let's go pick out a holiday tree!"