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A WORD FROM THE MAYOR
As we enter the season of Thanksgiving it gives us a lot to focus on, Thanksgiving day and all it entails, food, family, football, and hunting. Followed by the whole Black Friday thing, which brings out die-hard enthusiasm in even the most modest of shoppers. It’s a great time of year, considering all these things we are blessed with. The history of Thanksgiving dates back to 1621, when the surviving members of the Mayflower celebrated their first successful harvest season in the New World, with a group of helpful Indians. President Lincoln made it an official National Holiday in 1863.
My hope and prayer is that as we have our routine, we don’t let the hustle and bustle of the holidays get so hectic we lose the opportunity to reflect on the meaning and purpose of Thanksgiving. As such, I’m thankful for our God given, “Big R” Rights, that are protected by our Constitution and Bill of Rights, without which, very little of what we have and know today would be possible. I’m thankful for family, friends, food, health, freedom, for work and Thanksgiving afternoon football games. I’m thankful for the city of Pearsall, for our city workers and those that oversee the staff. The police department and the municipal judge that keep society civil. The unsung heroes that work at the waste water treatment plant, our parks and maintenance workers that keep everything in order. For those that are on call after hours to fix water leaks and other emergencies that happen, so that we have a dependable flow of city services, and for our city council. It goes beyond our city as the county, state and federal government also have a hand in our system and way of life that so many all over the world are envious of. Thankful and grateful for all of that.
I’m also thankful to God, for all He has done and is doing, for His grace and mercy, for the richness and fullness and peace that surpasses understanding. In that, certainly things are not always perfect, life can and does get twisted and heavy, but weighing all we have against all we don’t, it’s truly a bountiful picture of life here in these United States, and a valid reason to rejoice and be thankful, therefore Happy Thanksgiving.
God Bless the City of Pearsall, the County of Frio, the State of Texas, the United States of America and You.
Ben T. Briscoe
Mayor of Pearsall