The Random Yak

‘Tis a Gift to be Simple

Filed under: Just Yaks,One Good Thing — Random Yak @ 1:27 pm on November 25, 2008

…’tis a gift to be free…

‘Tis a gift to live in a nation where a day dedicated to giving thanks to God for His many blessings exists as an institution, accepted even by those who have forgotten its origin.  Indeed, despite the famous history of the speech President Lincoln assumed the world would little note nor long remember, most people barely remember the other proclamation Lincoln made that same year.  The one that begins:

“The year that is drawing toward its close has been filled with the blessings of fruitful years and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the Source from which they come, others have been added which are of so extraordinary a nature that they can not fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever-watchful providence of Almighty God.”

Lincoln’s 1863 Proclamation of Thanksgiving led to the establishment of the holiday that now marks the beginning of what many refer to as the “holiday season” (despite retailers’ increasing tendency to creep backward to October) and which even those who refuse to acknowledge the true meaning of Christmas might better term “the Season of thanks.”

Earlier today, our friend and ally David at Third World County challenged each of us to answer the question: “To whom are you thankful for the blessings in your life?”  I respond to his call as follows:

I am grateful to God for making me more grateful, more humble and more dependent upon Him than I have ever been before.

I am grateful to The Random Spouse for enduring my consistent failure to improve upon the deficits in my character, and for loving me even when I seem determined to prove myself unlovable.

I am grateful to Yak the Younger for demonstrating, on a daily basis, how to “become as one of these” and for making me want to become a better person, that I may also be a better example for him.

I am grateful to The Random Maniyak for the support, friendship and consistent reality checks that only a true friend can provide.

I am grateful to The Random Parents and The Random In-Laws, for not just one lifetime worth of lessons, but two.

I am grateful to The Random Father, though he is not here this year to hear me say so, because he told me to watch everyone, to glean from each what is good and admirable, and to also learn to avoid their mistakes.  I may not have perfected this lesson, but I’m working on it.

I am grateful to those who call me friend, whose friendship I treasure far more than they probably know.  (For that, the fault is mine.)  They are at once too few to forget and too numerous to do justice to in so limited a space.

The economy may be sitting in the tank, the sky is cloudy, and the forecast calls for rain, but I approach Thanksgiving with gratitude and appreciation.  I know to whom I am grateful, starting with the Creator who made the day and for whom the day was made.  Simple expressions of a simpler idea, perhaps, but then Thanksgiving has never been about complexity or commercialism.  It celebrates our freedom and our gratitude to the Creator God, who while we were yet enemies, “hath nevertheless remembered mercy.”

For which, I am grateful.


  1. And I am thankful for some Random (though not so strangely purposeful) Yak sharing these thoughts.

    Comment by David — November 25, 2008 @ 3:59 pm

  2. Thanks, David. Hope you and the Wonder Woman have a very Happy, Blessed and Grateful Thanksgiving

    Comment by Random Yak — November 26, 2008 @ 11:53 am

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