Our family will be spending this Thanksgiving with extended family and friends in warm homes with plenty. But as I reflect on what we will have, let us not forget those that are far from home and without family.
That young men and women serving our nation, reminded me of the Thanksgivings I spent away far from home when I served my country. So with that let me share a letter from a young Army officer who writes of the rigors of having sweated through his clothing in the field by day, and freezing as the temperatures plummeted by night:
"My body was shivering uncontrollably from head to toe. Then the strangest thing happened. This hot spot started in my chest, literally, and started to spread. At first I thought this must be what it feels like to die of hypothermia, but it kept spreading until I was warm again. I was confused about what had just happened when it dawned on me: This is the time of day my mother prays for me."
Those of us who have been in misery, only to be lifted up by the hand of Providence, understand what this young man and countless others like him or her have experienced through the power of prayer.
At the dawn of our nation, George Washington concluded, "The Hand of Providence has been so conspicuous in all this, that he must be worse than an infidel that lacks faith, and more than wicked, that has not gratitude enough to acknowledge his obligations."
Please remember our Armed Forces and their families in your prayers this Thanksgiving. We owe them a great debt of gratitude.
Jarhead’s Comment; "Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him and praise His name. For the LORD is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations." --Psalm 100:4-5