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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The Day After Thanksgiving

By Gene Arden Thompson

‘Twas the day after Thanksgiving and all through the land,
Most of the people had feasted, ’till they could hardly stand.
Tons of turkey and pumpkin pies galore,
Had everyone stuffed and prone on the floor.

When all of a sudden, there arose such a clatter,
They crawled to their windows, to see what was the matter!
When out of the sky, their eyes did behold,
Tiny parachutes floating down through the cold.

Attached to each chute was a brightly colored bag.
The mere thought of more food made everyone gag.
But true to their nature, they all had to know,
So timidly at first, they crawled through the snow.

The bags were everywhere, in the streets in the trees
And more could be seen, floating down in the breeze.
They all rushed to open them, after-all they were free.
Something for nothing, how much better could it be.
But the bags were all empty, except for a note,
Containing a message from which I will quote.

“You’ve all had your turkey, but did you give thanks
For your comfortable homes and money in the banks?
What of the others, less fortunate than you?
Did you think of their plight . . . well, did you?

The thousands of starving not a crumb to be had.
Did the thought of homeless children make you sad?
I want you to be happy, for you are my children, you see.
But please think of your neighbors, and occasionally me.

I am your heavenly Father, and as such I truly care.
If you learn nothing else, please learn to share.
Christmas is coming, the day of my birth.
Another day of feasting, merriment and mirth.

Families will gather, and songs will be sung,
And on the mantles, stockings will be hung.
Please take this bag, although it be small,
And fill it with love, and caring for all.

Give it to someone you know to be in need.
Make this a day of love and not one of greed.
And now with my blessings, I’ll be on my way.
I’ll leave just this message . . . Peace be with you -
Go on your way!

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