A day to give thanks

We have so much to give thanks for.

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ST LOUIS, November 19, 2015- What a blessing to live in a country that has set aside a day to give thanks.

Here in America, we have so many things to be grateful for.

Freedom of speech, one of the foundations of this country, is just one of the freedoms we live with daily. It is a blessing to be able to speak as we wish, to praise and criticize without fear of retribution.

Freedom to worship is something we take for granted, but that so many people around the world are denied. Religious persecution is taking place around the world right now. Imagine preparing for worship and fearing discovery by some authority that wants to deny you that right, which likely will punish you or imprison you for those beliefs.

The terrorist attack in France last week reminds us to be thankful for not only our freedom but also our security. While we empathize and agonize with our friends in France, we are also grateful for the simple ability to attend a concert or a sporting event without fear.

In the United States, we are free to elect our government representatives. We have a say in who holds office, at all levels. This is such a basic and sacred freedom, yet it is often neglected. Millions around the world are fighting for even a small say in government, while Americans have that right protected in the Constitution.

Look at the number of countries that do not have free elections and that are ruled by tyranny. Look at the countries around the world where one faction holds power and uses violence, including the killing of innocents, to retain that power.

We in America have a voice, a vote, an ability to elect our leaders.

We are thankful for that.

We are thankful for economic freedom. We have the ability to choose our careers and pursue them with possibilities limited only by our own ambition.

Let’s give thanks on this Thanksgiving for this wonderful blessing.

We are thankful for our families and friends, who live in a country that values their health, their happiness, and their individuality. We are thankful they live without fear and violence.

Thanksgiving is a day to take a moment and thank God that we live in this country of freedoms and blessings.

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