Something to be Thankful For

Veterans Day, formerly known as Armistice Day, was originally set as a U.S. legal holiday to honor the end of World War I, which officially took place on November 11, 1918. 

We pause today to recognize and celebrate the men and women who sacrificed time with their families, dreams they wanted to pursue, goals they wanted to accomplish for the bigger cause of our freedom. Our. freedom. 

They exchanged their freedom and future for our dreams, goals, and time to pursue them. They missed celebrating special holidays and family events — so that we didn’t have to. They missed baseball games, ballet recitals, and grabbing dinner out together — so that we didn’t have to. They missed church services, regular fellowship with other believers every Sunday, and small groups — so that we didn’t have to. 

Our focus this month is on being thankful. We, in the United States, have SO MUCH TO BE THANKFUL FOR. We forget the sacrifice. We forget what was given up. We move at lightning speed today embracing the fast paced freedoms without even a thought as to all that was given up so we could be here. 

Let’s applaud them, let’s honor them, let’s look them in the eye and thank them for trading their comfort and dreams so we could embrace ours. 

Today we can be grateful for this — a free country, men and women who were willing to serve a greater good, outside themselves, for our future benefit. We can be thankful that God saw fit in time and history to have our life lived out during a period of freedom and strength. We are very blessed. 

Despite all that is happening in our country now —take time to remember, thank a veteran, and thank our Heavenly Father for the blessings He has given us through the freedom we can have in the United States of America through the sacrifice of our veterans. 

~ Dayna

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