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On Being Thankful with Best Wishes for You on Thanksgiving and Beyond


Time for Gratitude and Thankfulness

If we have faith in humankind
And respect for what is earthly
And an unfaltering belief
In peace and love and understanding
This could be heaven here on earth. 
Heaven’s in our heart ~ Tracy Chapman “Heaven’s Here on Earth”

Sometimes you there are no better words to express oneself.  Such is the case with my annual Thanksgiving post. Since 2007, I have published the powerful, enduring, and emotive lyrics from Tracy Chapman’s song, “Heaven’s Here on Earth.”

If you are reading this blog, it is a safe assumption to believe you are greatly blessed, as am I. That’s because there are so many who will never experience a privileged life with computers, cell phones, cars, warm homes, plentiful food, and an abundance unseen on earth before.

The Greatest Gift

I am grateful for what I have. To me, the greatest gift of any parent is the one I have known and possessed all my days, that is unconditional love from my parents, siblings, extended family, and close friends—and, of course, my beautiful wife and best friend, Mary.

In 2020, Tracy Chapman’s “Heaven’s Here On Earth” lyrics from her New Beginnings album are more poignant than ever.

You can look to the stars in search of the answers
Look for God and life on distant planets
Have your faith in the ever after
While each of us holds inside the map to the labyrinth

And heaven’s here on earth
We are the spirit the collective conscience
We create the pain and the suffering and the beauty in this world

Heaven’s here on earth
In our faith in humankind
In our respect for what is earthly
In our unfaltering belief in peace and love and understanding

I’ve seen and met angels wearing the disguise
Of ordinary people leading ordinary lives
Filled with love, compassion, forgiveness and sacrifice

Heaven’s in our hearts
In our faith in humankind
In our respect for what is earthly
In our unfaltering belief in peace and love and understanding

Look around
Believe in what you see
The kingdom is at hand
The promised land is at your feet
We can and will become what we aspire to be

If Heaven’s here on earth
If we have faith in humankind
And respect for what is earthly
And an unfaltering belief that truth is divinity
And heaven’s here on earth

I’ve seen spirits
I’ve met angels
I’ve touched creations beautiful and wondrous
I’ve been places where I question all I think I know
But I believe, I believe, I believe this could be heaven

We are born inside the gates with the power to create life
And to take it away
The world is our temple
The world is our church
Heaven’s here on earth

If we have faith in humankind
And respect for what is earthly
And an unfaltering belief
In peace and love and understanding
This could be heaven here on earth
Heaven’s in our heart

Why I’m Hopeful

I’ve never seen such divisions and angry disagreement between people as we have today. There are reasons for anxiety all around. That’s not the point. I believe if we can learn to love and trust, we have a shot. It seems to me, the way love and trust work best is on the human scale of one-to-one. If we disagree, I agree to accept your feelings and positions as valid to you without judgment. I will do my best to understand how and why you feel as you do. With luck, you will do the same for me.

I don’t think we can change the world to a better place on a macro scale. It’s got to come from the human heart and mind. I’m not ready to give up on making heaven here on earth a reality. I believe we can become our highest selves, and in the spirit of Tracy Chapman, on this Thanksgiving, I send you my best wishes for peace, love, and understanding between all people.

If we have faith in humankind
And respect for what is earthly
And an unfaltering belief
In peace and love and understanding
This could be heaven here on earth
Heaven’s in our heart.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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  1. Dear Barney Davy

    I love the thanksgiving message that you use that you wish all mankind to be in peace. There is a way that can happen not by mankind finding the solution themselves. I refer to another. Song artist John Lennon was also looking for world peace and he asked a religious person if it was possible?
    The person then showed him about god’s kingdom a prayer that he had asked his own disciples to pray for. This person showed John Lennon all the blessings that this Kingdom would bring to mankind because as Jesus and later his disciples would teach in the bible this Kingdom is a real government that will rule over mankind. Check out the lyrics that John Lennon uses in his song Imagine and you will see some of the blessings God’s government will bring.

    P.S if you wish to find out any further information on god’s kingdom I am willing to answer any questions you may have at [email protected] or youn can visit JW.ORG

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