Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays, the results far exceed the effort. The biggest challenges range from deciding which football game to watch to the choice between turkey and ham.
But as time goes by, I am gaining a new sense of appreciation for Thanksgiving. Again this year, we are adding another chair to the table, albeit a high chair, and everyone will be present and accounted for. I would hope everyone experiences this priceless environment, but that is why I say hit pause and look around.
Be thankful for the freedom to gather. It comes with an ongoing price paid by service people past and present. Be thankful for your family and friends with you at the table. For many there is an empty chair of one stationed elsewhere in this country or overseas.
I have grown to associate Thanksgiving with God bless America. This Thursday, there is no place I would rather be and there is no question who makes it possible. For my family, and hopefully for yours, pause and devote a meaningful moment this Thanksgiving to all who stand guard to protect and preserve the blessings we hold dear.