“All that glitters is not gold.”
Do you know where this term originated? For our Thanksgiving post, I’d like to share with you a bit of history…and say that this is a most true statement. We think of solid gold that has great value, as in jewelry or other ornaments. Sometimes we even speak of people as being “worth their weight in gold.” Gold is a precious commodity. Nations have fought over it. Great gold pieces have been stolen from one land to another. Gold miners hoped to strike it rich and bet everything in their lives to seek its source. Yet, there are some things that are even more wonderful than gold.
“The original form of this phrase was ‘all that glisters is not gold’. The ‘glitters’ version long ago superseded the original and is now almost universally used.
“Shakespeare is the best-known writer to have expressed the idea that shiny things aren’t necessarily precious things. The original editions of The Merchant of Venice, 1596, have the line as ‘all that glisters is not gold’. ‘Glister’ is usually replaced by ‘glitter’ in modern renditions of the play…
Various different ways of expressing the idea that ‘all that glitters/glisters is not gold’ were in general circulation well before Shakespeare’s day and it was a common enough notion to have been called proverbial by the 16th century. The 12th-century French theologian Alain de Lille wrote:
“Do not hold everything gold that shines like gold”.
Geoffrey Chaucer also expressed the same idea in Middle English in the poem The House of Fame, 1380 –
“Hit is not al gold, that glareth”.
Nevertheless, it is Shakespeare who gave us the version we now use.” (The Phrase Finder)
So often the color, yellow, is associated with gold. The sun shines a ray of golden light onto the earth to bring us the things that do not sparkle, as may real gold, but can be enjoyed by both rich and poor. It is God’s gift to share with us the beautiful golden colors of Fall and throughout the universe with the golden twinkle of a star. A stripe of gold may adorn a small bird, a little flower, a sunset and many other things on earth. Even the color on my “golden” retriever, Gracie, is a special beauty…and she did not glitter…but oh, was so precious. We have “golden” anniversaries and friendship that we would not trade for even a tiny speck of gold. We are blessed beyond the price of gold with God’s love to us through His Son, Jesus Christ. Yes, not all gold glitters..or in Shakespearean days, “glisters.”
Boyer Writes brings you one of the most beautiful works of photography in this video entitled: “Sun Paints us Gold” by Tim Janis
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. Phillipians 4:6
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For your peaceful mind and heart…the unfailing love of our Lord and Savior. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! from Boyer Writes
Boyer Writes wishes everyone a blessed and wonderful Thanksgiving….whether it is in your culture to celebrate this day or not…we pass along love and thankful hearts to you our readers.
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Once a year, we as a nation stop to say we are “Thankful”. It may be a time of family sharing a carefully prepared meal or watching the parades or games on T.V., but we also stop to thank God for the many blessings given to us…especially our personal freedom to worship God.
To our readers around the world, Boyer Writes wishes you a blessed Thanksgiving and our thanks to you for being a Boyer Writes reader.
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Thanksgiving has always been a wonderful holiday for our family and friends. It is not only about the turkey, pumpkin pie, cranberry sauce and other good foods, but also about remembering how grateful we are to God for all our many blessings. I was shocked when I went to some local stores and asked about Thanksgiving decorations. I found one floor mat that said “Give Thanks” and a few Fall colored place mats. Two different, well-known stores said, ” We don’t order many Thanksgiving things because the public demand seems to be turning toward Halloween.”
The new special day is called “Black Friday”, when stores advertise great bargains and sales. Even this is not enough for stores have now begun to open not only on Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, but on Thursday, which is the day of Thanksgiving. Some people were asking “Why?!” Do employees not want to be with family on this national holiday? The answer was that a few stores tried it and found that the public came…even if it was on Thanksgiving.
I ask myself, “Are these examples of America turning away from God?” Some even call Thanksgiving the “National Nap Day …along with a full belly and football. Nothing wrong with tradition and a nap can be a great thing. Gathering around the TV to watch a football game has its place and is a great deal of fun to many families.
Stores that eliminate the theme of”Thanksgiving” in favor of Halloween is difficult to understand…unless we look at everything from a monetary viewpoint. It could also say something about our present-day values in America. This leads me to say to parents and family…”Put an emphasis on Thanksgiving….and before that first bite, ask those around the table to give one thing that they are really thankful for. Make it a real Thanksgiving meal.” Otherwise, we may be moving our pumpkin pie into bags for the “trick or treat” kids.
We at Boyer Writes pray for a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family and friends. Enjoy the football, nap, the food and remember to give thanks to the One Who has showered us with many blessings.
Looking ahead to the holidays, click the picture to the right on this page for some beautiful prints, art and collectibles in our Gallery.
Click on OPEN YOUR EYES BELOW. You will be amazed at the blessings of life. Happy Thanksgiving from Boyer Writes
We are a land of PLENTY. Even when buying food for the table is difficult for some, there are others who reach into the pantry…taking donations to the food banks and to the churches who give enough food for many to enjoy this American Holiday of THANKSGIVING. Many homeless and out of work people will be fed this holiday. They will not be forgotten.
As we sit down to a lovely spread…before the football…and the friendly conversation of family members and friends, let us give real, heart-felt thanks for the traditions of this country; freedom of religion and of prayer…and a great, beautiful world, set in our solar system. We must not forget the big picture of who we are and how fragile our existence may be…giving thanks for each day.
We thank our God, who has given a fertile land to grow food and hard-working people to produce it. We give thanks for those who bring it to our grocery stores, clean and neatly presented. We thank the cooks who work for days to bring to the table a special meal.
Yes, in ALL THINGS, GIVE THANKS. HAPPY THANKSGIVING!