Friday, November 21, 2008

Thankful....


Just a little list....I'm sure that if I sat here and contemplated even longer, I could come up with more. And really, as Americans, all we've been hearing for years is how terrible everything is, and we are faced right now with a culmination of problems that seem to be brewing into the "perfect storm", an economic and a moral one. Sometimes we are just not thankful enough and don't take the time to be reflective.
It seems to me that the problem at the heart of all our existing problems that are ungulfing us are things that have a root in a moral decision that someone made, took the wrong path, it led to more bad decisions, and things snowballed and we have a major meltdown.

But, when you get down to it, the simple things in life are what really matter anyway. Might America's problems cause her people to simplify? I do hope so. Would that be a bad thing? I don't think so. I see how so many have forgotten what led the founding fathers to our shores in the first place and there is much still to be thankful for. We did not get here by simply holding out our hands and asking the government to do things for us. Americans have always made things happen. In spite of all their problems....America transcends problems and solves them. And then we move on. May we conquer the latest problems, if God is willing.
And the biggest problem that was conquered is that someone, back when, made the right moral choice, had a burning conviction, that moved them to ACT; yes, the "yearning to be free"....and they paid the highest price with their like minded brethren, and we have the results hundreds of years later, still paying off.


THANKS.....for

God, above all.

Our freedoms, granted to us by Him and paid for by brave men before our independence and throughout the years, through good times and bad.

The domestic tranqility and relative safety that's been ours since September 11, 2001, chiefly because our soldiers are willing to go and fight. Say what you want about our President, it's the popular thing to do to bash and disrespect him, I'm sad to say, but you have to admit that his first responsibility of his office is to keep the American people safe, and that is something he has accomplished and I'm sure he's just holding on for January 21 when this heavy load of responsibility is off his shoulders and the load can be carried by someone else for a while.
Remember that feeling on September 11 of the panic, and the feeling of "what's next"? Remember how everyone was thankful that Bush made that speech on the pile of rubble to show the world that we won't back down? I don't think very many people now recall or reflect on how horribe that vulnerability was that we had while the war of terrorism was fought on OUR land. Many of us never had known that feeling before.
So Thankful For....

Our family, and that we'll all be together Thanksgiving week!

Our health, when you have that, you have it all.

So far, for the work our family has to do, no one in the family is laid off, so thankful for that.

We had a bountiful garden and a lot of it is in the freezer, the rain and weather was perfect for the garden and we actually had more than we could use!

Half a beef, half a hog, and Mark's deer, all in the freezer.

That Thad was safe last night in an accident on his way home from work.

A warm home and the best of neighbors, the country kind!
I wish you all a HAPPY THANKSGIVING right now, I will most likely not be blogging for the next week or so while Jamie and Thad are with us. I hope to have many memories made this coming week!


2 comments:

Sis number 5 said...

I am thankful for my family. They are why I am who I am. I am thankful my Mom & Dad had each & everyone of their nine children; each one is a special gift from God. I am thankful that God blessed me with two of my own, and a beautiful grand daughter and daughter-in-law. I am thankful for God's love and forgiveness, my special friend, my great job, my country, my health.

the voice of melody said...

What a great list of things to be thankful for. I think, in general, we don't pay enough attention to the many things we should be thankful for so thank you for a beautiful reminder.

Many sweet blessings!