Many turkeys and pigs certainly don’t have much to be thankful for this upcoming Thanksgiving, but if you’re reading this, then you should be grateful for:
Living in a stable democracy where there is a peaceful hand-over of power rather than living in a country such as Syria, where people are enduring a horrible civil war. (One source estimates that more than 36,000 Syrians have died since March 2011.)
Having a military that is professional, honorable and feared by our enemies. All who have served have maintained our freedom and the freedom of so many other countries, as well. Regardless of the thankfulness of these other countries, our hearts and gratitude go out to all who protect this country.
Having so many “everyday folks” serve in the military, voluntarily being separated from their loved ones; giving up their livelihoods; some giving up their lives. Not everyone is a member of a special operations team, but, nonetheless, they are all still heroes.
A country where girls can receive an education without fear of religious extremists trying to murder them. (Malala Yousafzai, a 15-year-old advocate for girls’ education, was shot in the head Oct. 9 by the Taliban in Pakistan.)
A country in which its people still have hope – hope that a divided country can be healed; for an economic rebound so that jobs will once more be plentiful; where families can again own their own home and the cost of education is within reach of many people. In so many countries, people have absolutely no hope whatsoever – not in their lifetime, not in the lifetime of their children.
And let’s be thankful for the mercy of God. Each passing year, our country pays him more lip service while worshiping him less, and yet he still showers his mercy upon us.
Brother Larry Dalton is the pastor at Trinity Pentecostal Chapel, 1013 W. Laurel St., Seymour. Jon Robertson is a layman at the church.
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