Friday, May 28, 2010
Memorial Day Makes Us Contemplate Freedom and Liberties
As Memorial Day approaches, I, like many others, am feeling deep gratitude for the freedoms and liberties we all share living here in these United States.
Amongst our many faults and problems we still live, in my estimation, in the finest country in the world.
Having once lived in the poorest country in the western hemisphere, Haiti, I am grateful for running water, electricity, and paved roads. We have public schools where most children receive a good education. Yes we pay taxes for these things and utility bills come monthly in the mail. Yet most of us eat three meals a day, not always what we would like but we rarely go hungry. We walk in relative safety as we shop in grocery stores with myriad choices of goods. And most important of all, we can worship at the church of our choice. We can gather at our homes for bible studies, home parties and maintain a private residence if we have the resources.
All of these things are as a result of a godly foundation and the kept liberties by our Armed forces.
I pray that we continue to share in these freedoms. I encourage you all to pray for this nation, be vigilant . Learn what you can about your local government. Vote responsibly and pray for those in authority. Remember our troops here and around the world, and especially the families and loved ones of those that have died in battle and service to our country. Step out of your comfort zone- go out of your way this weekend to honor those that keep us free and as you gather to worship this Sunday may we do so with hearts full of gratitude.
My nephew Anton Sattler and his co worker Brian Iglesias were just rewarded a win at the GI Film Festival two weeks ago for their documentary on the remaining veterans of the Korean War. Please feel free to visit their site at http://www.frozenchosin.com/ to view clips and read the testimonies of these brave men.
Have a Happy and Safe Memorial Day,
from my heart to yours,