27 November 2008

A DAY TO GIVE THANKS


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Today, take time out of the flurry activities for Thanksgiving to remember why this day is set aside. We live in a land of plenty, where we can even choose what kinds of food to eat, it's easily accessible at the grocery stores, and there are so many people around the world that can't. We have the availability of goods like no other nation in the world. We live in a very prosperous nation.

But, there's something more valuable than even all of this. We are a free nation. We enjoy freedoms that, like the availability of goods, we mostly take for granted. Many people in other nations even have to worship God "underground" with the threat of imprisonment or death if discovered. And who makes it possible?

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Yes, our service men and women who can't be home for Thanksgiving this year, and those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom that will never be with their families on Thanksgiving again. They make it happen, day and night, all year long, year after year. Most are serving in obscure places that we're not aware of because it's not in the news. They keep us safe and guard our freedom. They serve our country so we can serve Thanksgiving dinner.

When you stop, contemplate all of the many, many blessing we enjoy, and give thanks to our Father, don't forget to give thanks to those all around the world who protect us and sacrifice from the time they sign the dotted line. Don't forget to give thanks for their families too. They make huge sacrifices too. It's precious little to ask to thank a service man or woman for your freedom and their service anytime you see them. It only takes a second, and it's always appreciated.

May each of you have a very Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving!

7 comments:

Allison said...

I hope you and your family have the happiest of Thanksgivings! : )

Julie said...

Happy Thanksgiving.

That Baptist Ain't Right said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Dirk, & to all who tread here. God bless.

Heli gunner Tom said...

Hi Dirk, and family.
there is hardly a day that goes by that i don't thank God and also confess my sins. I wish I could be a better Christian, and I also know that the "doctors" at the VA didn't tell me the full extent of my medical problems that pain me so I would not feel more sorry and discontent with myself.
I get angry with non-Christian who use this Thanksgiving Day for an excuse for drunkenness, gluttony and immorality when pretending to thank God.
But for all my friends including you-- have a happy and safe celebration of thanks.

Tom
tschuckman@aol.com

Barbara said...

I did count my blessings today and thank God for them, and our service men and women past and present were among those I thanked God for. I find I thought first of the people in my life and materail things were way down the list.

Hope you were blesed with a wonderful day!

MISSY said...

I am very thankful to our soldiers and for our freedom. I hope you had a good Thanksgiving. *M*

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Heli gunner Tom said...

Dirk,
We mature biblical, educated Christians have to understand that the far Left BS will continue just as the nay Sayers and ungodly ones in Noah's day. It will only end when Jesus rides back on his white horse with His legions of warriors to "do a number on Satan's slaves' heads.' We must have JOY in our hearts as we continue to serve the Lord. that is my take on the Greek Scriptures.
Take care,
Your brother in Christ,
Tom Schuckman
tschuckman@aol.com