I received the following letter in an e-mail from a reader, Thomas B. He wrote to all of you in it as well and I wanted to share his inspiring and heartfelt words. As we think about our blessings this year, our freedom is certainly one of the greatest and we owe it to brave men and women like him. Let’s take time this Thanksgiving to remember and pray for all of our soldiers and their families.
I want to wish you, your family, and all your readers a very wonderful, safe, and blessed Thanksgiving. I, along with many others here in Afghanistan, will miss the opportunity to spend this blessed day with our families and loved ones. But, I am there with them, in love, mind, thought and spirit.
Why I Give Thanks For Thanksgiving:
It happens to be one of my favorite holidays and time of the year – it brings a presence and a reminder of all the things we have in this world, the blessings that each and every one of us have, and a great feeling of contentment. It also brings a trait to all of us: GRATITUDE.
Our nation is facing a great struggle at this very moment—and there are a lot of people who are facing a great number of real life difficulties—for example, their jobs, despair, money problems, family problems, and even a sense of their personal safety and security. But even so, we, as brothers and sisters in Christ, have a lot to be thankful for….
I hope all of you can take the time and reflect upon the things that you are grateful for in your lives….from the major things—Our God, our country, your health, your loved ones, your special talents—to the subtle-but-still-important things like your favorite books, friends, fellowship, the beautiful sunsets that you can enjoy for free, chocolate candy, ice cream, pies and cookies!!
I hope that all of you enjoy a warm and love-filled holiday of Thanksgiving this year—and may our loving Heavenly Father fill all of you with His love, His blessings, and His grace.
I GIVE THANKS…….
FOR OUR GOD, OUR CREATOR, OUR HEAVENLY FATHER WHO BLESSES US EACH AND EVERY DAY…..
FOR OUR NATION AND HER PEOPLE, WHO I LOVE WITH EVERY INCH OF MY HEART AND BEING…..
FOR OUR GOVERNMENT AND OUR LEADERS, WHO FACE CRISES EACH AND EVERY DAY…..
FOR OUR NATION’S ARMED FORCES, AS THEY DEFEND AND PROTECT OUR HOMELAND AND THE MANY BLESSINGS AND FREEDOMS THAT WE ENJOY IN OUR LIVES…..
FOR MY FAMILY, MY LOVED ONES WHO I MISS AND LOVE DEARLY WITH ALL MY HEART…..
FOR MY WIFE KATHY, WHO I LOVE, MISS, AND ADORE SO GREATLY…..
FOR MY MANY FRIENDS, WHOM I ALWAYS REMEMBER FONDLY…..
If you’d like to express your thanks and prayers to Thomas and his family personally, please leave a comment for them here.