The past few years have been difficult for many Americans, which is what makes the spirit of optimism I see around our Commonwealth so encouraging, and the love of God and country that continues to flourish so remarkable.
Yet that has always been the American way. In his 1863 Thanksgiving Proclamation, amidst the ravages of war, President Lincoln exhorted his fellow Americans not to forget the divine source of "these bounties which are so constantly enjoyed."
There are too many to count. We live in a country in which we enjoy the blessings of liberty, and each of us has so much more for which to be thankful.
As a Christian, Thanksgiving is, for me, a day to thank the God who has "blessed us ... with countless gifts of love, and still is ours today," as a Thanksgiving hymn has it. When I reflect upon the many blessings my family and I have enjoyed, and the many kindnesses of friends, family, and supporters, I am overwhelmed.
To my constituents, thank you for the opportunity to serve you as state senator, and to my many friends across the Commonwealth, thank you for your encouragement and support.
May you and your family have a happy Thanksgiving!
With best regards,
Mark D. Obenshain
Virginia State Senator