We live in an ever-evolving, fast-paced world. Technology is changing by leaps and bounds and most of us seem to be wrapped up in more activities than ever before. One thing that should not and must not change is our recognition of all the many blessings we enjoy, especially when the day set aside to do just that is poached more and more by the hustle and bustle of Black Friday.
President George Washington proclaimed the first nationwide Thanksgiving celebration in America marking November 26, 1789, "as a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God." Can it be stated any better than that?
We are a blessed people and we need to slow down a moment, especially this Thanksgiving holiday if not always, and recognize that. Ours is a free and bounteous country. I am thankful for my wife, my two boys, my friends and my RMEF family. I am grateful to be part of this grand conservation effort to enhance the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat and our hunting heritage. I recognize and so appreciate the efforts of RMEF volunteers and members from coast-to-coast. Together, we are doing great things for elk and elk country while fortifying and passing on our hunting tradition.
As you gather this Thanksgiving season, pause with me to look around, let it all sink in, give thanks and express sincere gratitude to loved ones and our Maker for the many blessings in each of our lives.
M. David Allen