by Mark Parham
Philippians 4:6 – Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
I’ve been following a lot of my friends daily posts on Facebook to see what they are most thankful for and can relate to nearly all posts. We really do have so much to be thankful for every day of the year, more than we could possibly fathom. Some mention parents and family, others give thanks for friends. I haven’t seen many giving thanks for their occupations but I suppose that could be a given. The one thing that most often bears heavy on me are those that do not ask for much yet so much is asked of them.
While we gather on Thursday to enjoy family fellowship, food and yes, football games, many thousands of our family members serving in our military will not be able to share in this day as it has been in the long history of our Nation. We will remember them in our prayers but the one thing they are most thankful for is our acknowledgement that they took an oath and are willing to give all to fight terrorism, to end oppression of a people unable to do so by themselves and to stand guard as America’s peacekeepers. We can say thank you in letters or calls, even on our Facebook pages, but “Thanks ” that means the most to these Hero’s can only be felt from one heart to another.
While I am certain many of our soldiers would love to be home working, they choose instead to serve our Nation. At the same time many here are complaining about working on Thanksgiving Day or Black Friday. Our troops sleep and eat when they can, wherever they can. They endure climates we would shutter from. They have seen things we can never imagine. We ask you to please remember those that gave their ALL and the families that are without their loved ones this Thanksgiving Day.
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