November 27, 2003
Despite the pressures of modern life, maybe because of them, today should be a day for giving thanks.
We Americans live in the greatest country on the face of the earth, and we should be thankful for it. We Americans enjoy uncommon freedoms including the fundamental freedoms of speech and religion and we should be thankful for them. We Americans enjoy food and water that are safe to consume, and we should be thankful. We have the freedom to complain about the cost of health care, even as we enjoy the best health care in the world. We have the right to vote for our leaders, a right denied to millions of people in other, less fortunate nations. We Americans have an all-volunteer military to protect us.
It is easy to take these and so many other freedoms for granted, but that is the surest way to lose them. We in America must be ever-vigilant and that includes giving thanks to God for the advantages we enjoy living in the USA.
The Meridian Star encourages our readers to find a quiet moment today and offer a prayer of genuine thanksgiving that, for all of our faults and frailties as human beings, for all of the challenges our country faces, for all of the trouble spots in the world, we are grateful for the extraordinary blessings of life in America.