Thursday, November 11, 2010

Thankfulness





I wasn't going to post today, but I was reminded of 2 things; today is Veterans Day and it is also Thursday, and it has been quite some time since I posted on Thankful Thursday.  I have also come across 25 Days of Thanks @ The Interrupted Life blog, and I am drawn to the fact that, as I express my thankfulness to God for what He has done and continues to do in my life, my eyes are lifted up to see through the darkness that seems to permeate our nation and this world, and to see what God is doing in the lives of those who love Him.
A man from my church is now in his second tour of duty, this time in Afghanistan, and here at home are his wife, 3 children and extended family. Periodically we receive emails from him that he sends out to our church family, as well as prayer requests from his wife. As we know but perhaps cannot really fathom, it is not an easy life for those loved ones here at home and especially for those serving. Even as I read his emails about the conditions they serve under, my finite mind just cannot see or hear or smell what it is really like. But this I know, this man and many Christians like him acknowledge that they serve a mighty God, and they serve Him by living out their beliefs in Him, being His light to not only the others they serve with but also to the citizens of the country in which they are serving. 

Matthew 5:14-16 promises:
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.  Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

Matthew 5:16 (16 kb)

 It is an honor to pray for this man and for the many men and women serving in the armed forces and to thank Veterans for their service to our country. So today, I thank the Lord for these men and women who have sacrificed and done their duty for the United States of America. May they know and hear the words of the Master, 'Well done, good and faithful servant!' (from Matthew 25:21)




4 comments:

LDH said...

Lovely tribute and video!

Jackie said...

It is remembrance day here in the UK, and like you and all of Europe we are all thinking of the soldiers that have died in wars and pray for the safety of the soldiers in Afghanistan and other conflicts. God bless them all. Jackie in Surrey, UK.

Mel Cole said...

God Bless America! God Bless all veterans, they are all heroes.

My Thankful Thursday post here

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

From one 'Nana', to another...

Just read a lovely comment by you, over on 'A Cottage In The Woods' blog. You said; "Even in the blog world, we can get obsessed with having people follow us or comment, and it is so freeing to remember why we are blogging, to share a little about our lives and the people and things we love. Simple!"

Ohhhhhhhh isn't this the truth?!? The obsession with how many Visits/Comments our blog gets... Just seems to be ready to pounce on us, all the time. I fight it off, and it returns. And I have to fight it off, again. -sigh-

But it helps to know that there are others out there, in "Pretty Blog Land," who have the same sorts of struggle. Trying to drop all forms of blog-land competition. Thank you!

Gentle hugs...