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By Barry Cameron
November 24, 2021

Someone wrote these lines:

“Thank God for dirty dishes; they have a tale to tell.

While other folks go hungry, we’re eating pretty well.

With home and health and happiness, we shouldn’t want to fuss;

For by this stack of evidence, God’s been very good to us.”


Too often we take the little things for granted and forget that even with all the battles and burdens of life, we’re still blessed.

William Ward wisely said, “There are three enemies of personal peace: regret over yesterdays’ mistakes, anxiety over tomorrow’s problems and ingratitude for today’s blessings.”

As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving, could we take a break from the pain of the past and the futile fretting over the future that so often finds its way into our hearts and just focus on the blessings of today?

Maybe this will help.

“Even with all the battles and burdens of life, we’re still blessed.”

During his time in the White House, President Harry Truman began an unusual Thanksgiving tradition. One which every U.S. president since then has followed. On the Wednesday before Thanksgiving a turkey is pardoned. A pre-selected bird is brought into the Rose Garden and the Commander-in-Chief grants that big bird a pardon. The saved turkey is then ushered off to a Virginia farm where he is granted complete immunity from the carving knife.

That crazy ritual provides some humor and entertainment for those who watch. But also serves as a great reminder to all of us at Thanksgiving.

In a very real sense, we are all turkeys headed toward certain slaughter were it not for the grace and mercy of our God. Our merits haven’t gained His favor and never could. It is simply by His providential pardon alone that we are saved.

So, this Thanksgiving, as you consider all the blessings God has given you, don’t forget the most important one:

His pardon.

© 2021. Barry L. Cameron


Senior Pastor

Barry Cameron is a devoted father and husband, bestselling author, dynamic communicator, and Senior Pastor of Crossroads Christian Church. Crossroads has a gorgeous, 150-acre campus in Grand Prairie, Texas. Barry’s latest book, The Road to Financial Freedom, came out in the fall of 2020 and is available on Amazon. It’s another game changer for individuals and families who want to fix their finances once and for all.

Barry and his wife, Janis, have three children: Katie, Matt and Kelli. A daughter-in-law, Lindley and a son-in law, Johnny. They also have two grandsons, Will and Levi. Their family has been completely debt free since November 15, 2001.

Crossroads Christian Church has been debt free since November 9, 2008.