It’s a glorious day!  One in which we give thanks to the service members who lost their lives defending our country.  We are proud to live in this country — a country worth defending, and a country that many have thought was worth dying for to protect our freedom — the ultimate sacrifice.   I am so thankful and grateful for all of their sacrifices — and those of their families that they left behind.

But I am even more thankful to God for every day that we enjoy:


Praise God in his holy sanctuary; give praise in the mighty dome of heaven.  Give praise for his mighty deeds, praise him for his great majesty.

Give praise with blasts upon the horn, praise him with harp and lyre.  Give praise with tambourines and dance, praise him with strings and pipes.  Give praise with crashing cymbals, praise him with sounding cymbals.  Let everything that has breath give praise to the LORD!


Psalm 150:1-6

Thank you God for this beautiful day and every day you have provided for me.  Please grant your grace and mercy to those who have died.  I pray that they know you and may enter your kingdom.


One thought on “Giving Thanks

  1. Thank you Patty! Hallelujah! It IS a glorious day! It was absolutely beautiful out today! A great day to relax and spend time with family and friends and to thank all those who have died for us.
    The American Legion asked everyone to stop whatever they were doing at 3:00 this afternoon for a moment of silence to honor all the vets who have given their lives for us. As I participated in this moment of silence I wondered, why 3:00? I then realized that this was about the time Christ died for us. I don’t know if this is why they chose this time but many thoughts were running through my mind in the fact that they chose this particular time. To be honest, I was beginning to be a little offended. I thought, once a year we stand in silence for our vets. These vets who protected our rights of freedom, our rights to serve God. And some of these people who participated were very respectful and wouldn’t even think to interrupt or ignore the request of silence and eagerly participated. And at the risk of sounding judgmental, these same people don’t take a moment once a year for Christ who died for us – for so much more than a countries freedom but for our souls! I was beginning to think this moment, at this time, is for Jesus! And then I remembered, some other times I stood in silence for our vets – during a funeral I attended for a military member who died (not in war but in a car accident). I remember standing in silence for our vets at a Cincinnati Reds game. I remember standing in silence one 4th of July before a fireworks display began. I remember standing in silence on the 10 year anniversary of 911. All these were great and I will always participate. But I don’t ever remember being asked to stand in silence out of respect and to honor Jesus.
    Now I know, I have sat in silence and have prayed and thanked Jesus for all He has done for me. I have prayed the steps in silence on Good Friday. I have stayed quiet after the Mass on Good Friday. But never once have I heard a request for all to do this collectively at the same time for Jesus. Because Jesus died to save our souls, this is one of the reasons so many die for our country so that we can freely praise and worship Jesus. Why don’t we do this for Jesus? But then according to this scripture, we’re not to be quiet but have trumpets blasting, cymbals crashing, and loudly singing his praises! If it weren’t for the late hour I’m reading and responding to this blog, I would like to be banging some pots (because I have no cymbals), and cranking up the radio to KLove while singing along loudly. But it’s late, and all in my house are sleeping. I’ll do my moment of silence for Jesus as I fall asleep…

    Dear Lord, Thank you for this beautiful day. Thank you for this awesome country I live in where I can freely and openly praise and worship you. Thank you for all the vets who gave up their lives, limbs, families, and health both physical and mentally so that we can live freely! Dear Lord, today I especially ask that you take care of the vets who are still living and those who died. Please guide them to you. To have a closer relationship with you and to lean on you with their troubles. Please have mercy on those who have died while protecting our religious freedom. Please continue to grace them and all the political leaders so that we can have peace around the world. Please open their eyes, ears, hearts and mind to hear your words of guidance. And please Lord, help everyone to know who really made the ultimate sacrifice to save our souls and to always remember you daily in prayer and in silence so that we hear your calling.


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