Being Thankful Everyday-All Year Round

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    Jerusalem, once in Kaesarea, and Nero finally had him beheaded at Romeall forproclaiming Christ as God and Savior.Imagine what Christ Himself went through:beaten, cursed, spat upon, made to carry His Own Cross, nailed to that Cross, thenhung up and left to die.

    The Roman Emperor Nero killed hundreds of thousands of Christiansby feeding themto lions, beheading them, or by his favorite method: hanging them on posts and

    setting them on fire while they were still alive. Pauls famous student, Timothy,whom he left in charge of the Divine Assemblies he had founded, was castrated,hung upside down on a cross, set afire, then dragged through the streets for ashowto set fear in other Christians.Moreover, I think we often forget that evenin the last Century its not always been safe (or easy) being a believer inChrist.

    Bolsheviks took over Russia in 1917, they immediately outlawed Christianity andbegan burning Churches and killing priests and believers. By the time Lenin diedseven years later, they had killed twenty-five million. Stalin took over andcontinued the slaughter until he had murdered another twenty million before WWIIbegan. For forty-five years after WWII both Bibles and Christianity were illegalbehind the Soviet Bloc that Stalin built. Millions more died because of their

    Christian faith.For the last one

    Many of the early Christians fled the Middle-East and Southern Europe to live insafer places to the North. They often lived in communesfor protectionand so thatthey could be in union with one another. They would have priests who wereresponsible for studying and holding religious services. One such commune existedupon the coast of Ireland between 300 and 400 A.D. The people lived in rock huts.Each day they had to get up early and spend the whole day going about the landforaging for food. They were serious about their faith, though, and had a priestthere to carry out services and teach them at the end of the day.Also, many had to live in caves and in underground catacombs.

    The following quotation is from the diary of their priest: I am tired and hungry,

    and it is cold. There was very little light for study today, and the text wasdifficult. I feel as though I have accomplished little, but I must keepgoing.General George Washington and his troops starved and froze during thewinters of their war to free themselves from British tyrannythe troops wentwithout pay and without seeing their families for years.

    White settlers from the time the Vikings landed in the Americas about the time ofChrist have had to fight off vicious attacks by Indians (aside from the FiveCivilized Tribes who were friendly and helpful). Several tribes are knowncannibals, and others went mad after first seeing a White womanand attackedtraveling wagon trains for the purpose of kidnaping them.White Europeans have beenat the bores end of attacks by the Huns, the Mongols, and the Turkish-Moors for

    fifteen-hundred years. The Huns enslaved Whites in large parts of Eastern andSouthern Europe.

    The Mongols threw dead bodies infected with the Bubonic Plague that they hadbrought from Asia into White forts and caused a plague that killed twenty millionWhites in the 1300s. They also enslaved Southern Russia for over a hundred years,as well as other parts of Europe. The Moorish-Turks enslaved Greece for four-hundred years, and they held Italy captive several timeseach time demanding theirmost beautiful women as tribute.

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    Pirate ships invaded all of Southern Europe in the most vicious raids, and theytook millions of captives back to Africa over a thousand years of invasions. Therethey went immediately into slavery, or if they were pretty enough into a Sheiksharem. Many of the men were enslaved in galley ships where they remained chaineduntil they died, and then they were tossed into the sea and forgotten.

    By the formal end of the "War Against the South" in 1865 (that War continues

    against the South today in subtler ways), many Southern soldiers were wearingclothes that had rotted off of them to the point that nothing was left buttattered rags sewn together. They went home to burned down homes and entire citiesdemolished and oftentimes whole families murdered or scattered. Thousands offamily names that had been in America for over two-hundred years were wiped outforever.

    In the South, practically every Southerners ancestors worked in cotton millssixteen hours a day six days a weekonly to be paid in mill script that could onlybe spent at the Mill Store. In the planned commodity panic of 1907, Southernfarmers starved because their crops were essentially worthless on the markets.Families broke up. Some moved into southern cities and went to work slaving in the

    cotton mills. Others went west where they found themselves locked out of manystates. The same happened to Midwesterners in the 1930s, when so many flooded intothe Promise Land of Californiaonly to find that the locals detested them andwanted them stopped from entering the state. The police thus arrested them andsent them back Eastaway from California.

    In the planned commodity panic of 1907, Southern farmersstarved because their crops were essentially worthless on the markets. Familiesbroke up. Some moved into southern cities and went to work slaving in the cottonmills. Others went west where they found themselves locked out of many states. Thesame happened to Midwesterners in the 1930s, when so many flooded into the PromiseLand of Californiaonly to find that the locals detested them and wanted them

    stopped from entering the state. The police thus arrested them and sent them backEastaway from California.

    Indeed, we have a lot to be thankful for both in the physical realm and thespiritual. Society tells us that we ought to be thankful to the government for itsbeneficence and kindness toward usfor protecting us and providing us with anation. But I thank only our God for all His blessings and all His gifts to usandthat, compared to our ancestorswe today have it made.

    For these things I am thankful to Him everydayall year round.And today, yes, Imin a special state of thankfulness, as we all should be: God Bless!