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Thanksgiving. Day 4.

I’m playing catch up today seeing as how I was in a camping induced coma yesterday and completely forgot to post Day 4. Yesterday we made it home from our camp-out and had company waiting for us. It was great!

My pastor and his wife, and one of my best friends were all here. My mom had snagged my friend from church and had her cooking and helping put out food and such. It was really very funny to walk in and see someone doing “my job” but it works. đŸ™‚ I love the people in my life.

For yesterday,

I’m thankful for

the freedom to worship

community worship

organized worship

Even though I did not make it to church yesterday, I know that I can go to church without fear of being tortured and killed, becoming a martyr. There are so many places around the world where “freedom to worship” means “worship who we tell you to” and that is not the case here.

Something to think about.


Where Were You?

There are many infamous days in our history.

JFK’s assassination.

Pearl Harbor.

The OKC bombing.

Just to name a few. These are days that regardless of everything else we remember every detail of where we were and what we were doing at that exact moment.

9/11 is one of those days we will always remember every detail.

I was asleep when my mom called from South Dakota and told me to turn on the tv, to any news channel. Normally I would have said, “later” and gone back to sleep but she had that tone of voice that you don’t argue with. I turned the television on to see the smoke billowing from the first tower and just in time to watch the second tower get hit.

My initial reaction and the first thing I remember asking my mom is, “What’s gonna happen to my brother?” There was never a question of whether he would go. It was a matter of when. Just a few years earlier my brother had enlisted in the National Guard. By a fluke of accidental miracles he was never deployed.




Later that morning I headed to work. First day out of training at a new job. I remember people calling in and complaining about President Bush preempting everything. Eight hours later I was so drained from watching the events of the day and dealing with people’s selfishness. I know more than once I reminded people how we felt when the OCK bombing happened and that the attacks on the World Trade Centers, the Pentagon, and the crash in Pennsylvania were much worse than anything we’ve encountered before. They didn’t want to hear it. In the days following, however, things changed. The overall attitude of customers was one of ‘how can I make this better?’ instead of ‘it’s all about me’.

Life changed in that moment.

For thousands of people, lives were flipped upside down. The people lost were mothers, fathers, daughters, sisters, sons, brothers, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. Each person has a face, a story, a life that was cut short.

To the Soldiers, EMTs, Firefighters, PD’s, other public service agents I’ve not mentioned – thank you for your time and your sacrifice to help those in need. You are true heroes.

9/11. Never Forget.

The following essay is something that was written a few days after the terrorist attacks and then continued little more than a month later. I decided to just write what I wrote nearly ten years ago rather than try to remember the exact emotions and thought.

*** September 14, 2001 ***

Today is Friday, September 14, 2001; A National Day of Prayer and Remembrance. I have yet to be  hit with the reality of the horrid act of terrorism which took place on Tuesday, September 11, 2001. I still feel as though I am having a very bad dream and will soon wake up. I know that is not true. I do not believe this is over. I believe this is just the beginning of what could be one of the worst wars to ever take place. Yes, all wars are bad but for some reason I can’t let go of the thought that this will be the worst yet. America is a land we have fought for from the beginning. We did not become the

‘Land of the free and the home of the brave’

because we let people walk all over us.

Am I scared? Yes! I am! I fear for the lives of anyone I know and everyone I don’t know. Especially those who don’t know Christ. Freedom came to us with a price and a sacrifice and it will most likely continue to be ours but at an increasingly great sacrifice. We will not go down without a fight and we will not  be quiet about it.

I am very thankful that President Bush is a Christian and has no-woes about quoting scripture on national television. Our country was built on Christian morals from the start and I believe that is something we have forgotten. The fact that our currency says,

‘In God We Trust’

has been lost on the citizens of the US. The phrase has been defined as ‘mere words’. I firmly believe that if we are to win this war we need to reevaluate what makes us as strong as we are and what has made us strong from the beginning. We need to realize that the words,

‘In God We Trust’

are not just words but a statement of truth; a declaration that somewhere in America’s timeline people did believe in God. America is a nation that, through many trials and tribulations, has stood alone. Even when a tragedy strikes any other country we are usually there to give aid in any way we possibly can. I can only pray that the countries who have received help from us at one time or another and have refused to help us in return will open their arms and their hearts to help win this war on terrorism.

*** October 2001 ***

As far as how long this will go on I have no idea but I do know that it won’t be short. The united States will come out on top – we always do – as long as we stand together for the duration. The commonwealth of Kentucky has a motto,

‘United We Stand. Divided We Fall.’

right now this needs to be the motto of the United States and of every American in the world. We need to let Osama bin Laden know that he has just awakened a

Sleeping Giant.

9/11 Firemen raising the flag at Ground Zero





Freedom isn’t free. It’s bought with a price. Blood. Sweat. Tears. But, mainly blood.

Fathers. Daughters. Sons. Grandfathers. Grandmothers. Aunts. Uncles. Cousins. Brothers. Sisters.

American Revolutionary War – 25,000 died – 25,000 wounded

War of 1812 – 20,000 died – 4,505 wounded

American Civil War – 625,000 died (Confederate & Union) – 281,881 wounded

World War 1 – 116,516 died – 204,002 wounded – 3,350 missing

World War 2 – 405,399 died – 670,846 wounded – 30,314 missing

Vietnam War – 58,209 died – 153,303 wounded – 2,489 missing

Gulf War – 382 died – 183,000 permanently disabled – 849 wounded

War on Terror – 5,491 died – 37,980 wounded – 3 missing

Afghanistan – 1,135 died – 6,141 wounded – 1 missing

Iraq War – 4,404 died – 31,839 wounded – 2 missing

Total American deaths by war
American Civil War 625,000
World War II 405,399
World War I 116,516
Vietnam 58,151
Korean War 53,686
American Revolutionary War 25,000
War of 1812 20,000
Mexican American War 13,283
War on terror* 5,491
Philippine-American War 4,196

To those of you currently serving; THANK YOU for putting your life on the line everyday so that I and my children can continue our daily routines knowing we are well protected.

To those of you who have served previously: THANK YOU for the time you spent willing to exchange your life for our freedom.

To the loved one of those lost: THANK YOU for loving them and letting them go. Words will never be able to express your pain and loss or our gratitude.

To those lost: THANK YOU for paying the ultimate sacrifice – your life for our freedom. Words are in adequate.

John 15:12-13

This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.13 Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.

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