Think of Our Deployed Military At the Holidays

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I hope you had a fantastic Thanksgiving. I am moving around like a sloth! My wife and I went to three places to celebrate Thanksgiving.

We started out at our daughter’s home for a wonderful feast, and much talking.

Then we went to my wife’s sister’s house and they had a table full of food as well. We selected choices that weren’t what we had to eat at the first place.

And Lastly, we went to my wife’s brother’s home where they had dessert. There was so many choices, I had to try them all!!!

I am paying for it today. I have been on four walks trying to work some of it off. I will sure need a nap today!

One of the things we discussed around the table at our first stop, (My granddaughter suggested this) was that each family member shared what they were thankful for, and some were pretty funny. Our youngest granddaughter (7) said, “I am thankful for this family I have.” Almost tear time there.

Then it came to my turn. I was last and there were so many others that said things I probably could have said, but I immediately thought of all the service members who weren’t home with their families on thanksgiving. I told my family, we need to be thankful for all those who are deployed and having their day in the trenches.

We must never forget. I am a veteran, and I missed a few holidays with family. The first one was very tough. I was only eighteen years old and in Korea.

If you have a family member who is deployed I feel your pain. I had a son in  the military and he had two tours in Iraq. He was in harms way , and I was sitting and watching football games with the family.

Those who serve are heroes. Every single one of them. Be thankful for them. They are there so we can have our Thanksgiving without fear.


You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

Your are never unloved.

Adn above all…never, ever, give up!

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As we approach the holidays-it is only 41 days until Christmas-we have thoughts of hope and love.

There are those who feel the opposite during this time. Some feel deep depression, and hopelessness.

How could this happen?

I have one example of a friend who just lost his wife recently, and will face the holidays without his wife for the first time. There are those who have lost their jobs, and can’t see a very bright Christmas coming for their children as far as getting them gifts.

I could go on with other examples, but you get the picture. What can we do to help?

My friend has had many families from the church invite him to come to their homes for Thanksgiving and Christmas. He is prayed for by many prayer warriors.

For those who don’t have a rosy Christmas coming because of a loss of their jobs, you can send gifts to their home without letting them know who did it, and brighten up their look on life.

Think about these things as we approach the holidays. Think, “What would Jesus do to help these people? Think, what can you do to help these people? Then just do it.


You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all..never,ever, give up!