On this Thankful Thursday, we celebrate the veterans who have served protecting our country and the freedoms we all too often take for granted. Iris of Grace Alone has chosen this theme and it's perfect timing since yesterday was Veteran's Day.
I grew up during the sixties; a time of Woodstock and anti-war rallies. It was such a difficult time for veterans who returned home and weren't treated as heroes.
My brother Steve joined the Navy in 1969 since his draft number was low and he knew it was inevitable.
My cousin Ken was in the Army and was shipped off to Vietnam. When he returned home, his wife had left him and he lived with us for more than a year. I remember his first Fourth of July. He jumped every time a firecracker went off. It was a very traumatic time of readjustment.
I'm so grateful for the sacrifices so many in the military have made leaving behind their families to protect us and serve our country. I pray for their safety and for a day when there will be no more wars. However, I realize that will not happen this side of eternity.
I found this song by Casting Crowns called Who Am I (Tears of War). It's a tribute to those in the military.
Thank you for your service to this country and for the sacrifices you've had to make. I am thankful for each one of you.
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