Saturday, November 17, 2007

Giving thanks for our troops ...

This Thursday, we will be humbly blessed to gather with dear family and friends to share a probably too-big Thanksgiving meal with many traditional family favorites or maybe new dishes to mix things up a bit. What we'll all have in common is that we will be blessed to be together in peace and safety. There will be no road bombs or IEDs on the the way to Grandmother's house; no one will be shooting at us as over the fields (or freeways) we go.
As we thank God for the abundant blessings we enjoy each day, let's remember to give thanks to our troops. For many American families, there will be an empty chair at their table because they have a loved one far from home serving our country. For many others, that chair will carry only memories of Thanksgivings past.

Let's say thanks to our military personnel eating in mess halls and tents overseas who protect our freedoms and serve and sacrifice with honor to make the world a better, safer place for every one of us. You can send a postcard through a special program sponsored by Xerox. Type your message and they will print your postcard and send it in care packages with other items to our troops:


May God bless all our military - past, present and future - and the families and friends who love them. Please watch this beautiful video and say a prayer for a soldier: http://www.cpmsglife.org/tg/2006tdm1.html

7 comments:

LADY LUXIE said...

Hello.

I was going to skip this post and instead comment on the one you wrote below. I have absolutely nothing to say about what is written here, I thought to myself. We do not celebrate Thanksgiving in my country. I am not an American. I feel no affinity towards troops.

And then it hit me.

I forgot.

I forgot.

How could I?

My own father was an American soldier. He died in Nam.I never knew him. I never knew my real mother either.

But that he existed, and I am a living, beathing part of him is a fact. So..

I read back again Miss Rose...

This time....with melancholy and..appreciation...and wondering...

What other connections of him....exist..in such a far far far land...from where I am...

I wonder...

And carrying this questionings and wonderings...I too bow down in reverential thanksgiving...

Rose said...

Oh, Luxie, your post brought tears to my eyes. Something was touched inside me by your realization. Perhaps the realization and the thoughts of your father was actually a gift that was given to you, perhaps by your mother and your father nudging you in the corners of your heart and spirit?

Amber said...

Rose, what a wonderful sentiment.

Lynn said...

Beautiful sentiments, Rose. I sent my postcard, and plan to show it to the girls, I'm sure they will want to pick out a card of their own to send. I'll post the site on my blog as well. I'm thinking we did this last year as well. I love xerox for thinking of it.

Speaking of my blog...*sigh* you've been tagged. You can find the details in my latest entry.
Much, much love to you, my Stream Sister, and all my hopes for a blessed and peaceful joyous Thanksgiving with those you love.

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daisy cottage said...

Beautiful thoughts and beautifully written.

Thank you Rose.

Thank you for reminding us about these special souls who sacrifice everything for us back home.

I hope you have a beautiful and very blessed Thanksgiving - you KNOW how much I count you as one of my blessings.

xo,
Kim

dec0r8or said...

Rose, I love your blog. I was completely stressed out the other day, and I came over here to read, not feeling much like posting at the time, and the music in the background, and your thoughtful words, helped to ease my mind for a bit. I need to remember to just take a deep breath and thank God for my blessings more often. I sent my postcard today. Thanks for that link. Have a great day today. Happy Thanksgiving!