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Jarrett Thomas II Garrison commander Kim Reischling Information strategies officer Chuck Cannon Editor Jean Dubiel Angie Thorne Staff writers Editorial Offices Building 4919, Magnolia Street Fort Polk, LA 71459-5060 Voice (337) 531-4033 Fax (337) 531-1401 Email: Kimberly.Reischling@us.army.mil Trading post ads: firstname.lastname@example.org Fort Polk Homepage http://www.jrtc-polk.army.mil Advertising For advertising contact (337) 404-7242 Email: email@example.com In our view Guardian staff asked Fort Polk residents, "What is the strangest thing you've ever eaten?" Here are their responses: Pvt. Benjamin Fuji- mori: "Squid. I didn't like it." Guardian Nov. 30, 2018 Spc. Brian Moody: "Fried frog legs. I did- n't like them." Editor’s note: The following is a sermon given by Chap. (Lt. Col.) Derrick Riggs, Fort Polk garrison chaplain, at a community thanksgiv- ing service Nov. 11 at First Baptist Church in DeRidder. Although Thanksgiving Day has passed, the message resonates through the holi- day season and is included for all of the Guardian readers. FORT POLK, La. — Gather a handful of people around a table, spread with mountains of Thanks- giving de- lights and you’ll hear this ques- tion … “What are you thank- ful for?” The re- sponse is often a list of stuff and things. All we have is a result of the blessings of the Almighty God for which a thankful heart must respond accordingly. On Nov. 26, 1789 the first Thanks- giving proclamation was given by President George Washington … “Whereas it is the duty of all Na- tions to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor — and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me to rec- ommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by ac- knowledging with grateful hearts the many sig- nal favors of Almighty God especial- ly by afford- ing them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.” Thanksgiving is in the air. It’s part of the American legacy and is the dedicated day of the year when we walk through our lives for the things for which we are thankful. But often we become thankful based purely on blessings which leave us with some emotional spike. Once the shiny has tarnished, the new has worn off, the bank account moves closer to zero, the vacation high falls with the pending return to work, we are in the search for more stuff or another thing that puts us back in an emo- tional high again. Is there a way to change that laun- dry list of stuff and things rounding out our Thanksgiving season to something that has more staying power? In 1620, the Mayflower ship de- parted England with 102 people to go to the new world. The journey took 66 days in the treacherous wa- ters of the North Atlantic. Within the first few hours of departing England, the passengers experienced their first casualty —William Bradford’s wife fell overboard and drowned. They did not turn back because they had a generational vision from God. After the first three months, 47 of the 102 were dead, leaving only 55 peo- ple from the journey. By March 1621 most of the women had died from exposure, because they were sleeping on their children to keep them warm in the winter. Most of the children survived. Between September and Novem- ber 1621, the first Thanksgiving feast took place between the now 53 sur- viving Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Indians. At the feast there were 4 women, 22 men and 27 teenagers and children. The Pilgrims’ list of stuff and things that round out our typical Thanksgiving list was extremely short. About the only thing on their list was the people surviving, but their memories of the original 102 people was still fresh in their minds. But the Pilgrims still found a source of Thanksgiving which was the mo- tivation for their journey to the New World to being with — God. When stuff and things build our Thanksgiving or Christmas list, we enter into a constant race to come up with a new list because stuff and things tarnish, fade and disappoint. At the heart of Thanksgiving this season, replace the stuff and things with these four things of lasting and eternal value: Presence of God, pow- er of God, permission from God and provision by God. Turn to God for heart of thanksgiving By Chap. (Lt. Col.) DERRICK RIGGS Garrison chaplain Commentary Riggs Please see Heart, page 8 Spc. Brittany Boyd: "Cow tongue. It was salty, but I would try it again." Elias Soto: "Sushi in Korea. I enjoyed it." i i For advertising contact Theresa Larue ail: s l s t f rt l r i .