Thankful Thursday

candle-flame-and-reflectionWe are thankful to have lived in an era that witnesses the greatness of a man like Senator Edward M. Kennedy.   

Senator Kennedy’s greatness did not come from his perfection but from his humanity.    President Obama says,

Senator Edward M. Kennedy was not only one of the greatest senators of our time, but one of the most accomplished Americans ever to serve our democracy. Over the past half-century, nearly every major piece of legislation that has advanced the civil rights, health, and economic well-being of the American people bore his name and resulted from his efforts. With his passing, an important chapter in our American story has come to an end.

Senator Kennedy will be remembered as one of the greatest men of our generation.  Whatever else he may have been or done, he cared. He believed.   Many people who knew him commented that when so many other politicians were cynical when not in front of a crowd, Kennedy was never a cynic.  He believed that good things could be done.  

Arianna Huffington said,

For over four decades, Kennedy, in his words and his actions, forced us to question how we, as a nation, were treating the poor, the forgotten, the working families struggling to make ends meet. He gave voice to the voiceless, refusing to let us forget about their plight.

Robert Kennedy once said,

Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of all those acts will be written the history of this generation. It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance…….”

The ripples created by the acts of Ted Kennedy will continue on for years to come.  It is a blessing our country is fortunate to have.

We have lived in the era of a great man and for that we are thankful.


  1. How sweet of you to pay special tribute.

  2. That is a wonderful tribute to a great senator. He will be missed.

  3. Thanks for this tribute. I agree that Ted Kennedy really made a difference. The world will not be the same without him.

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  4. I am also thankful for Senator Kennedy. He was truly a great man and will be sorely missed.

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  6. Thank you . That was beautiful. We will be doing a small tribute and also the best of Ted Kennedy posts later in the week. He was such a dear soul. It is very sad to lose him.

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  8. I didn’t think highly of Sen Kennedy in his early political days. He seemed “the least” of the siblings in so many ways. But if ever a person grew into a job, he did. I met him once (not on the campaign trail). My Godfather was a mucky-muck at Coca Cola and I was invited to attend a “small” industry event. I was able to shake Sen Kennedy’s hand and even talk to him a couple of minutes. He was genuinely friendly, and when I mentioned growing up in Massachusetts, it was clear that he actually knew my very small town well.

    We will not see his like again…

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  9. What a wonderful tribute. He will be missed…

  10. I didn’t realise Chey could write without being tongue in cheek!

  11. Just like you, Chey, Ted Kennedy never became president, but he left behind a legacy of service to his country.

  12. Bt–don’t you think sometimes that it is that very lack of greatness at the beginning that makes Ted the greatest of the three men? He was an ordinary man who just kept working–he should inspire us all for for all that he did good he didn’t do it from perfection or great morals but merely because it was the rightest thing he could do at the time.

  13. Thank you, Chey, for the beautiful tribute to Senator Kennedy. He will be sorely missed.

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