Besides my family, my health, and the blessed life that I have lived, I am thankful for many things that I should consider and number daily as blessings. I admit that I often fail there. I take some very fundamental, big, and important things for granted. Here’s my thanksgiving list about freedom, security, bounty, and protection.
Freedom. First, I am thankful for my country, the United States of America. Citizens of the United States of America live in a free republic, one nation under God, with liberty and justice for all. Our nation is not perfect, for sure. But, many people want to come here, stay, live and work, and enjoy those promises. Freedom, it’s not free.
Security. I’m thankful for our military, and for those men and women who have served in the past and sacrificed to guard and protect our country, its citizens, and our liberty. I’m also thankful for all members of our Air Force, Army, Marines, Navy, and Coast Guard who stand ready, willing, and able to defend our sovereignty and protect us from our enemies. My father left his senior high school class before graduation to serve on a ship like this in the United States Navy. Physical blessings, such as food, water, and shelter, also make my list of neglected thanksgiving items.
Bounty. I’m thankful for the food and water which nourish me every day of my life. I’ve visited other countries. Each time after I have returned home, I appreciate how Americans – me – have so many blessings. I have so much more than I really need. I don’t garden and do not raise animals. I’m like so many others who do not grow and harvest food. We benefit from the bounty resulting from the hard work and dedication of so many farmers, growers, ranchers, and dairy operators. Just open your refrigerator or go to your pantry, and take a long, hard and thoughtful look. I must stop and think more about them, and give thanks for the people who raise or grow, harvest or pick, package, and transport my food. I’m also thankful that I have clean water to drink each day. Finally, and to keep my list meaningful and manageable, I’m thankful for the members of my community who protect me and will help me when I am in need.
Protection. I am thankful for first responders. These people stand ready to protect me from harm or rescue me from peril. These special people, police officers, firefighters, paramedics, to name a few, deal with danger, high levels of stress, unique risks, and uncertainty each and every day they put on their uniform. I thank them for their service.
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