Thoughts For Thanksgiving

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With Thanksgiving Day just around the corner, Rim Country residents will soon gather around the family dinner table to give thanks for the blessings that have been bestowed upon all of us and to ask the Lord for courage and guidance as we face new challenges.

There is one prayer that I find especially meaningful for those who compete in sports, whether it is as a weekend warrior, in high school sports, pick up games or in other athletic venues.

I’m not sure of its origin, but I’m told it is recited before each game by a Midwestern small college rugby team.

It is:

May the Lord bless you and keep you;

May God’s courage fill your hearts, and God’s strength be in your legs;

May God’s right arm be upon you, and God’s shoulder be at your back;

May God’s passion inflame your spirit, and the dignity of God’s presence guide your play

and stem your temper;

This day, may God’s enduring fortitude raise you up to be men

who are strong, noble and wise.

May the blessing of Almighty God descend upon you.

The Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

Turkey Day riddles

How about a few Thanksgiving riddles from my grandchildren?

• Why did the Indian chief wear so many feathers? To keep his wigwam.

• What happened to the pilgrim who was shot by an Indian? He had an arrow escape.

• How did the Mayflower show that it liked America? It hugged the shore.

• Which side of the turkey has the most feathers? The outside.

And my favorite:

Can a turkey jump higher than the Empire State Building? Of course it can, buildings can’t jump.

Fun times at MBC

The next “Shoot for the Heart” is being billed as an extraordinary and free outdoor seminar highlighted by special treats for all those who attend.

To be held 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 9 in Building C at Mountain Bible Church, the occasion will feature a meal of wild game chili and barbecue served up hot and tasty by noted outdoor and campfire cook Bob DePugh. Also on the agenda is a bass fishing symposium led by FLW touring pro Mark Rose, as well as door prizes and dessert.

DePugh is a top notch Dutch oven and campfire cook who has built a glowing reputation for his camp cooking. Almost everyone who has tasted his treats know there is something special about them because every menu item tastes so very good when prepared with DePugh’s skill, innovation and creativity.

He’s practiced plenty of years and is ready to showcase his skills at the upcoming seminar.

For his chili recipe, which is a camp favorite, he’s expected to use wild elk meat and possibly deer.

Rose, a 30-year-old pro angler from Marianna, Ark., has competed in bass fishing since 1999. He has participated in more than 150 major professional tournaments and has taken numerous top finishes including two in the top five.

He has fished B.A.S.S, FLW, Wal-Mart BFL, Everstart and Ranger Millennium pro fishing tournaments.

Dennis Pirch, who helped organized the Shoot for the Heart seminars, highly recommends attending the Rose seminar saying it is for “everyone who wants to know anything about bass fishing.”

For those who have particular queries, there will be a question and answer session.

“He (Rose) knows all the answers,” Pirch said.

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