Posted by: cindybythesea | November 27, 2011

Liberty, Peace and Plenty

     Wild Turkeys

Wild turkey’s – the almost national bird.  On June 20, 1782, the Bald Eagle was chosen as the emblem of the United States for its long life, great strength and majestic looks. But, if it had been up to Benjamin Franklin, the national bird would have been the turkey. In a letter to his daughter dated January 26, 1784, Mr. Franklin laments the choosing of the Bald Eagle, stating the Turkey was a more “respectable bird, and though a little vain and silly, a Bird of Courage”.  In his mind, a much better choice than the eagle, which he called a “bird of bad moral character, who does not get his Living honestly.”

When you think about it, Mr. Franklin, may have been right in his observation, at least in some respects, and, the turkey has become our national bird, if only, un-officially, as it has been the center piece of the Thanksgiving table for most Americans, since the first Thanksgiving in 1621; a symbol since that time, of the bounty, goodness and provision of God. 

With that in mind, I find it interesting that a wild turkey flew into the glass of an empty restaurant in Penn Hills, PA, this past Thanksgiving causing its demise and setting off the alarm. I can’t say for sure, but, I think the death of the bird and the Thanksgiving message by President Obama may have occurred very close to the same time, as both were in the afternoon, EST.  

At just about the time, the poor turkey made its last flight in to the window of the Eat N’ Park Restaurant, the President was giving his Thanksgiving day address. It’s telling, I believe, that in his 3 minute speech, the President failed to mention or thank God, even once, for the many blessings, he has bestowed upon us, both personally and corporately, referencing instead, luck, self-determination and community as the basis of the holiday and the basis, for which, this nation gives thanks.

On the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, the President offered the traditional Presidential pardon to two turkey’s, named Liberty and Peace, who, by Presidential pardon supposedly escaped the butcher’s cleaver.  Unusual names for the two pardoned birds, as they are more typically named things like:  flyer and fryer, apple and cider and biscuits and gravy – and such.

Which reminds me for some reason of the old adage: “A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush” – in other words, why, when you have Liberty and Peace in hand, would you let them go?  

Add to the fact, that the very next day, a wild turkey, (a symbol of the American people and the blessings of God) crashed in to the Eat n’ Park Restaurant in Pennsylvania shattering not only the glass to the restaurant but, the afternoon peace. There, the turkey died on the floor of the empty dining room, it’s life, a sacrifice for nothing. No one there to appreciate, no one, there to give thanks.

Hmmm …….

Liberty, Peace and Plenty

Pray for our country, pray for our leadership, (it’s mandated by God, that we do) and,

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, they shall prosper who love thee”  Psalm 122:6

Watching and waiting with YOU for the soon return of Jesus!  Cindy


  1. i have to say, Cindy, this is quite possibly one of the saddest posts i have ever read. my heart aches. when the oil spill occurred in the gulf, believing we were witnessing our final demise at our own hands, I felt like tearing my clothes and throwing dust and ashes on my head. but this… this just makes me weep. this event is like the afterthought to a demise that has already occurred. the only thing left is the sweeping up. we MUST pray for the peace of Jerusalem. it is too late to pray for our own peace. we sealed our own fate years ago, and yet still we run on fumes, many thinking, like in Isaiah 56:12 “Come,” they say, “let us get wine, and let us drink heavily of strong drink; And tomorrow will be like today, only more so.” God in heaven, have mercy on us.

    [Thank you KL for your very fine comment. You summarized it very well, there are still, so many, who, think things will go on the way they always have, not realizing that things already are not the way they were, and that’s just the problem. Weeping with you, C]

  2. My heart too breaks for our country. There are many that still think everything will be okay. I think we are running on borrowed time – sands running out in the hourglass of time.

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